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WIXTA Industries Srl and FENCO SPA are glad to announce that the first lab scale prototype for the FCHR pasteurization and homogenization process has been implemented and the tests on milk and juices started.

FCHR:

Fluid foods pasteurizer and homogenizer based on Centrifugal Hydrocavitation Reactor

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he FCHR project, submitted in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission under the ‘Research for the Benefit of SMEs’ call on 6th December 2011 has received funding from the Research Executive Agency and officially started on 1st September 2012.

The FCHR Consortium › WIXTA INDUSTRIES, as Project Coordinator and first proposer of the FCHR technology › FENCO, the industrial partner manufacturing food processing plants › ELECTRICARS, company located in Malta, responsible for electronics and control system, of the reactor › EPLEBLOMSTEN, Norwegian producer of apple juices, › GLENILEN FARM, Irish dairy industrie

› The research of the FCHR project will be carried out with the support of the RTD performers University College of Cork, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata and Labor Srl.

The Project Objectives In FCHR project we propose the implementation of an integrated pasteurizing and homogenizing system for fluid foods based on an alternative approach induced only by mechanical means: controlled

hydrodynamic cavitation, which consists in the generation of huge amounts of energy in the form of shock waves, due to the turbulence produced in a fluid by pressure fluctuations. This means that the pasteurisation process can be carried out at low temperature preserving the nutritional content and quality of food The growing need for innovation addressed by the project is mainly related to the customers’ need for novel, more efficient and more sustainable

Reactor simulations, FCHR small scale prototype CAD design and photo of the prototype.

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FOOD PROCESSING - 2013 - 6  

Technical, bimonthly magazine focused on food&beverage technology. It is in English and German/French/Spanish in according to the worldwide...

FOOD PROCESSING - 2013 - 6  

Technical, bimonthly magazine focused on food&beverage technology. It is in English and German/French/Spanish in according to the worldwide...