Project Info

Project Title 
Project Number 
Commercial, Agricultural
Project Year(s) 
2005 - N/A

The purpose of this project is to provide California's food processing industry with new electrotechnologies that increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts that can help keep this sector of the California economy productive and energy efficient. Concerns about the worldwide environment and demand for food are just a few of the many challenges this important sector of California industry must meet to stay competitive. A competitive food processing industry is more likely to stay in California and ensure that California's rapidly growing population has a safe and adequate food supply. EPRI offers the latest tools and information such as technical services, communication tools, and innovative initiatives that focus on food safety—a top priority among consumers and regulators today. Electrotechnologies like ozonation and pulsed power for sanitation are some of EPRI's state-of-the-art solutions to the industry's most pressing concerns.

This project supports the PIER Program objectives of:
• Improving the energy cost/value of California's electricity by developing and implementing technologies that improve productivity and energy efficiency for food processing industries; and
• Improving the environmental and public health costs/risks of California's electricity by reducing fresh water supply needs, plant wastewater discharge, and improved food sterilization.

Proposed Outcomes:
1. Support research and provide information to improve the competitiveness of the California food processing industry through implementation of technologies that increase energy efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, and provide safer, more productive processes.

Actual Outcomes:
1. Research and information to improve the competitiveness of the food processing industry.
• Results were published of a study of membrane treatment to reduce water use and ozonation for sanitation at a poultry processing plant.
• A resource guide was published for evaluation of food irradiation options.
• Technical and market information were compiled on the use of ozone for improved sanitation and water treatment in food processing.
• Three reports were published on membrane treatment, pulsed power technologies, and other process water treatment options.
• Research results were reported of a study of the use of electron beam irradiation and high-pressure technologies to reduce the effects of microorganisms on poultry products.
• The food industry scooping study report was revised and updated as Food Industry 2000. The report provides an overview of the food industry.
• Findings were released from a study that tested the use of ozone as a replacement for chlorination in wheat steeping water used in wheat processing.
• A monthly newsletter was published on developments and trends in the food processing industry.
• EPRI's Membrane Trailer Demonstration Unit made on-site visits to a food processor to demonstrate and test advanced membrane technologies.

Project Status: The Commission's participation in this target ended as of December 31, 2000.