Reduction in water and energy consumption:

  • a major part of the heating and cooling energy in the dairy industry can be substituted by waste heat and renewable resources
  • the outcome of practical trials and process simulations will enable engineers to design new plants according to the newly developed concepts

Increase of the competitiveness of food producers and food equipment manufacturers:

  • The technological developments can be used by enterprises of all sizes. The developed simulation will help even small family-owned dairies to optimize their process chains.

Contribution to EC Strategy "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe":

  • different technological components that use renewable resources can be combined and controlled in a manner that industrial processes run without interruption and without affecting product qualities

Objectives included in the "Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe" for 2020:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced
    • by lesser fuel consumption for transport → concentrated milk instead of whole raw milk leads to volume reduction → lesser trucks necessary
    • by substitution of fossil fuels by renewable fuels
    • by waste streams within dairy facilities that will be converted into valuable products (biogas, bioethanol, lactic acid)
    • by decreasing water and cleaning chemicals consumption through treatment and recycling

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