Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.44M | Year: 2008
Under the current issues surrounding climate change, conserving water resources is becoming an increasing priority. As areas become stressed due to water exploitation or environmental pressures, the amount of water resources available for use have been decreasing (World Meteorological Organisation, 1999) and Europe has not been able to avoid these pressures. It is crucial to protect and improve water consumption to provide a sustainable practice for economic development and to maintain human settlements. LOWTEV will bring considerable water savings to the food industry which is comprised of over 230,000 SME organisations. With an excellent consortium with experts in the fields of food science and sanitisation we will develop a low water pressure ultrasound device integrated with an automated rapid hygiene monitoring system. By providing an alternative system for cleaning in place technology on bulk handling equipment for food processors, a factory site would benefit from at least a 10% savings in overall water use. This equates to an estimated 30,000 worth of savings on water and energy bills per factory, providing a return on investment in under 1 year of installation. The food industry sector within Europe lag behind in terms of innovation and R &D investment; this project will address the environmental issues to improve water resources and will also improve the competitiveness of the SME food processing and bulk handling communities. Through reducing the clean cycle times on conveyor equipment, this will realise more productivity within the food processing cycle by reducing the labour costs and times for cleaning.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SME-2011-3 | Award Amount: 1.16M | Year: 2012
LOWTEV will bring considerable water savings to the food processing industry which is comprised of over 300,000 SME organisations. With an excellent consortium including experts in the fields of food processing and ultrasound sanitisation we will demonstrate our ultrasonic Clean In Place (CIP) technology for use in the food processing environment. Our technology was developed during the FP7 R4SME Project LOWTEV (Grant agreement no. 222078) and has shown 60% savings in cleaning water consumption 30% savings in energy consumption 20% increase in productivity during proof of concept trials in the laboratory. Using our LOWTEV CIP technology on bulk handling and conveyance equipment for food processors, a factory site would benefit from 60-80% savings in cleaning water consumption and at least a 10% savings in overall water use. This equates to an estimated 30,000 worth of savings on water and energy bills per factory per annum, providing a return on investment in 1-2 years of installation.