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Pilot scale cavitational reactors and other enabling technologies to design the industrial recovery of polyphenols from agro-food by-products, a technical and economical overview

Version 1 : Received: 6 August 2018 / Approved: 6 August 2018 / Online: 6 August 2018 (10:18:35 CEST)

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Cravotto, G.; Mariatti, F.; Gunjevic, V.; Secondo, M.; Villa, M.; Parolin, J.; Cavaglià, G. Pilot Scale Cavitational Reactors and Other Enabling Technologies to Design the Industrial Recovery of Polyphenols from Agro-Food By-Products, a Technical and Economical Overview. Foods 2018, 7, 130. Cravotto, G.; Mariatti, F.; Gunjevic, V.; Secondo, M.; Villa, M.; Parolin, J.; Cavaglià, G. Pilot Scale Cavitational Reactors and Other Enabling Technologies to Design the Industrial Recovery of Polyphenols from Agro-Food By-Products, a Technical and Economical Overview. Foods 2018, 7, 130.

Journal reference: Foods 2018, 7, 130
DOI: 10.3390/foods7090130

Abstract

We herein provide an overview of the most recent multidisciplinary process advances that have occurred in the food industry as a result of changes in consumer lifestyle and expectations. The demand for fresher and more natural foods is driving the development of new technologies that may efficiently operate at room temperature. Moreover, the huge amount of material discarded by the agro-food production chain lays down a significant challenge for emerging technologies that can provide new opportunities by recovering valuable by-products and creating new applications. Aiming to design industrial processes, there is a need of pilot scale plants such as the “green technologies development platform” that was established by the authors. The platform is made up of a series of multifunctional laboratories that are equipped with non-conventional pilot reactors developed in direct collaboration with partner companies in order to bridge the enormous gap between academia and industry via the large-scale exploitation of relevant research achievements. Selected key, enabling technologies for process intensification make this scale-up feasible. We make use of two selected examples, the grape and olive production chains, to show how cavitational reactors, which are based on high-intensity ultrasound and rotational hydrodynamic units, can assist food processing and the sustainable recovery of waste to produce valuable nutraceuticals as well as colouring and food-beverage additives.

Subject Areas

enabling technologies; pilot reactors; ultrasound; hydrodynamic cavitation; polyphenols; grape pomace; olive leaves.

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