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Final Report Summary - MICROMILK-DEMO (Demonstration of a novel microwave processing application for nutritional and shelf stable milk)

The MicroMilk project (Grant Agreement Number: 262603) funded by the R4SME programme (call identifier: FP7-SME-2010-1) delivered high quality science and technology development. MicroMilk involved the RTD of a novel process to facilitate cost-effective, energy efficient and flexible processing of a wide range of different milk variants, including those with high viscosities with minimum start-up and shut-down, minimal surface fouling and therefore less cleaning efforts and water being wasted. A novel continuous microwave milk pasteurization system was successfully developed and validated. The results showed that heating times are 3 times shorter than state of the art indirect heating. Both the indirect and microwave heating result in comparable microbiological, physico-chemical and sensory quality (experimental & commercial). This confirmed that microwave pasteurisation is suited for the commercial production and distribution of drinking milk. The developed cavity reactor was integrated into a standard milk pasteurization plant, including CIP cleaning and full energy recovery. An industrial scale unit has been designed and specified.

Further demonstration at industrial sites to confirm long-term performance, operational costs and economic viability were undertaken to enable the research results from MicroMilk to be translated into commercial reality. These include industrialisation of manufacturing processes to enable economies of scale to be achieved. Long term tests of the 915 MHz system showed the satisfying performance of the system under industrial conditions. The consortium has identified a number of market opportunities and is keen to bring this development into an industrial stage.

The MicroMilk project (Grant Agreement Number: 262603) funded by the R4SME programme (call identifier: FP7-SME-2010- 1) delivered high quality science and technology development. MicroMilk involved the RTD of a novel process to facilitate cost-effective, energy efficient and flexible processing of a wide range of different milk variants, including those with high viscosities with minimum start-up and shut-down and minimal surface fouling. To enable these research results to be translated into commercial reality there is a need to industrialise the prototype technology, verify its commercial viability with a range of products and to ensure target market acceptance.

List of Websites:
www.micromilk.fraunhofer.eu

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C. VAN 'T RIET DAIRY TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
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