DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT LIFE MCUBO

LIFE MCUBO LIFE15 ENV/ES/000379 Modelling, Measurement and Improvement of the water management environmental impact in the food Industry.

LIFE MCUBO is an european Project, included in the LIFE Programme 2015, with demonstrative character. LIFE MCUBO Project focuses on the thematic priorities ‘Environment and Efficient Use of Resources’, Water.

The main objective of the MCUBO Project is to minimize the environmental impact related to water management in the subsectors with the highest water consumption (meat, juices and canned vegetables) through an effective demonstration, at 3 industrial plants, of an integral management system based on:

  • The implementation of a new low-cost wireless monitoring technology.
  • Detailed modelling of the sub-sectors´ processes and the water management to propose improvement actions.
  • The improvement actions will be validated in the specific pilot plant.
  • Specific water management implementation on continuous improvement process in each company.

DURATION: September 2016-August 2019

BUDGET: 911.747,00€

AMOUNT OF EU CONTRIBUTION (LIFE PROGRAMME): 526.747,00€

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the MCUBO Project is to minimize the environmental impact related to water management in the subsectors with the highest water consumption (meat, juices and canned vegetables) through an effective demonstration, at 3 industrial plants, of an integral management system based on:

Monitorización InalámbricaM

Monitoring Technology

The implementation of a new low-cost wireless monitoring technology, Plug&Lean system.

Modelización de Detalle

Detailed Modeling

Detailed modeling of the sub-sectors´ processes, that will serve to propose improvement actions and demonstrate its effectiveness before being implemented (easing the decision making and minimizing risks)

Integración

Implementation

Specific water management implementation on continuous improvement process in the three demonstrators companies.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

Objetivos específicos
  • A water consumption reduction at the three demonstrative companies of:
    At meat industry, a 30%.
    At juices industry, a 26%.
    At canned vegetables industry, a 25%.
  • An electric and thermal energy consumption reduction at the three demonstrative companies of:
    Electric Energy:
    At meat industry, a 5%.
    At juices industry, a 7%.
    At canned vegetables industry, a 5%.
    Thermal Energy:
    At meat industry, a 18%
    At juices industry, a 20%
    At canned vegetables industry, a 15%
  • Favor the decision making process, based in a new indicator that relates both consumptions, in a way that allows amore efficient justification of actions.
  • To enable a posterior European scale replication at meat, juices and canned vegetables subsectors companies, as well as others food and drink industry subsectors, by modeling its industrial processes.
  • Contribute in the writing of the new BREF´s edition, by providing relevant sector´s data to the Joint
    Research Center, located in Sevilla, whom in October 2014 initiated the process to its actualization.

PARTNERS

TECNUN

Escuela Superior de Ingenieros de la Universidad de Navarra

TECNUN - San Sebastián

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AIN

AIN - Asociación de la Industria Navarra

AIN - Pamplona

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CTIC-CITA

Asociación para la Investigación, Desarrollo e innovación del sector Agroalimentario

CTIC-CITA - Alesón/Calahorra

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CEIT

Centro de estudios e investigaciones técnicas

CEIT - San Sebastián

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CONCLUSION

LIFE MCUBO intends to engage the food industry into the efficient resources management through new methodologies, models and wireless technologies allowing to simultaneously measure the productive and environmental efficiency of manufacturing processes in the food industry. All this will be demonstrated in three food subsectors (meat, juices and canned vegetables), thus facilitating the replicability of the project results in other industries in the European Union.