Camfridge, the Cambridge University backed specialist in gas-free cooling technology, has formed a partnership with several companies to examine cold chain energy efficiency.
The collaboration, which falls under the EU innovation-led Framework Programme 7, is designed to provide new tools and concepts to improve refrigeration technologies along the food chain.
Called FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers’ Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimisation along the cold chain in Europe) it will develop new mathematical modelling tools that combine food quality and safety together with energy, environmental and economic aspects, to predict and control food quality and safety in the cold chain.
Camfridge has developed a high efficiency gas-free cooling technique using magnetic refrigeration, which promises up to a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption, elimination of gas and ease of recycling.
Neil Wilson, Camfridge CEO, says: “This is a great opportunity for us to connect to users of refrigerant technology across the entire food chain; this project will allow us to considerably expand our partner network increasing awareness and uptake of our technology into new business areas.”
The FRISBEE project involves 26 partner organisations from 12 countries and will run for four years.