The Actia Écofluides joint technological network has a five-year programme that started in January 2020. Its objective is to increase food companies’ energy and water efficiency and flexibility.
Its work aims to:
- develop easy-to-implement solutions for water- and energy-efficient processes;
- approach water and energy consumption from the angle of actual industrial requirements, by working on the efficiency of resource use and not just its production;
- improve the integration of water- and energy-related indicators in process management;
- develop holistic approaches to energy and water management, at the level of companies, to make them more flexible and increase their capacity to use renewable energies.
Water and energy
Water- and energy-efficient processes
Cleaning: reduction of water consumption
The optimisation of cooling power
Thermal energy storage
Using waste heat
The reuse of effluents
The efficient and flexible factory
Process indicators and management
Flexibility tools (load management, renewables energies, etc)
Integration methods (thermal, mechanical and mass pinch analysis)
Technology transfer and dissemination
Communication of research results to food processing companies, research centres, educational establishments, manufacturers of food processing equipment, and energeticists.