The symposium “remnants- water-energy in the Food Industry” organized by ttz and the Food-Processing Initiative, congregated on January 28th in the city of Bremerhaven, national experts in the field of waste, water and energy to discuss trend setting strategies for sustainable and cost efficient food production.
The organizers have expressed their satisfaction with the results of the event. Ms. Beaute Kolkmann, deputy director of the Food-Processing Initiative and Mr. Martin Schüring, sales manager of the food technology department at ttz, have underlined that “the development of a holistic concept is the first step towards a successful dialogue between experts and industry. Based on the today’s Symposium we have achieved it”.
In terms of savings and recovery of investment, raw materials from food production have great potential. In this regard, Prof. Dr. Klaus Delete from ttz-Bremerhaven has drawn attention on grape peel and seeds. These are usually downgraded as waste products, despite the fact that they contain polyphenols for cancer prevention.
In turn, Mr. Jan Iseler from the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the University of Bremen has presented a newly developed bioreactor characterized by its small footprint and faster treatment of wastewater. This technology will benefit companies with large amounts and/or highly polluted wastewater.
Dr. Gerhard Schories, head of the Environmental Department at ttz, referred to the use of biological waste to energy systems. During his presentation, he shared with the audience the successful experience of ttz with a distillery for Bioethanol, which is now able to compete in the market. Other invited speakers including Mr.Greg Hinz (Effizienz21), Ms. eike Wulff (efficiency-NRW), and Mr. Wolfgang Neldner (Anoxymer), stressed the importance of encouraging further research on this topic.
Finally, attendees at the event were especially interested in an upcoming food processing technology developed in Japan and so far unknown in Germany. By applying extreme pressure, the “Marugoto ekisu” device is able to liquefied food within 24 hours. It will soon try at the facilities of ttz-Bremerhaven.
WASTEred was presented by means of the project video and flyers distributed among the participants. Likewise, Dr. Gerhard Schories answered arising questions concerning the project achievements and filled in on more details about the performance of LODOred in the test sites
Link to the German press release