Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

FRISBEE

Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumer Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimization along cold chain in Europe (Food processing)

Project acronym: FRISBEE

Title of project: Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumer Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimization along cold chain in Europe

Research area: Food Processing

Contract No: 245288

EU contribution: €5 992 082

Start date: September 2010

Duration: 48 months

Status: on-going

The objective of the FRISBEE project is to provide new tools, concepts and solutions for improving refrigeration technologies along the European food cold-chain. The project is developing new mathematical modelling tools that combine food quality and safety parameters with energy, environmental and economic aspects, to predict and control food quality and safety in the cold chain.

The FRISBEE partners are also developing new refrigeration technologies, providing energy efficient and sustainable alternatives to current ones.

The improvement of existing refrigeration technologies will contribute to the European energy objective to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020. It will provide food and refrigeration companies with tools and alternative refrigeration technologies to reduce energy consumption. By reengineering current refrigeration technologies and developing new concepts such as advanced control strategies, energy consumption could be reduced by up to 30%.

The project is developing innovative databases of current technologies to enable comparisons with new technologies. It is also creating Quality and Energy/Environment Assessment Tools (QEEAT), as well as new and emerging refrigeration technologies for representative cold chains, selected for their applicability to the European food industry. These tools will allow the food industry to evaluate:

  • the impact on energy consumption of the change in refrigeration technologies (plant design, alternative or emerging technologies);
  • the impact on food quality and safety;
  • the potential to improve the cold chain for their specific products.

FRISBEE involves 26 partners from 12 EU member states, associated and candidate countries. Besides the research participants, 13 of the partners are companies and 2 are NGOs or associations.

Website of project:www.frisbee-project.eu/

Coordinator: Graciela Alvarez, graciela.alvarez@irstea.fr

Organisation: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture (CEMA), www.irstea.fr/accueil

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