Implementation of a cascaded use of stone-fruit residual-mass - Practice-oriented planning for installing a pilot plant for manufacturing marketable products
BioCascading is a fundamental step towards efficient and profitable utilisation of renewable primary products. To achieve this, strategies and technologies for multipurpose utilisation of diverse structural, chemical and bioactive ingredients and materials are being developed. An outstanding example are fruit stones: in food production they are regarded as noisome waste; they sometimes are dried and later on burned, but in most cases they are disposed of by means of leaving them to rot somewhere out of the way.
The NAWARO-CASCADING PILOT project has the goal of finding new ways to utilise fruit stones tand thus develop and demonstrate basic principles and technologies of cascading plant utilization. For that purpose, ways of collecting, breaking, separating, processing and formulating fruit stones (such as cherry, apricot, peach and prune) need to be developed, enriching components need to be defined and analysed, both food- and non-food-functions need to be screened and validated. Being cheap biological resources, fruit stones and their constituents can become a sustainable economic factor due to the newfound benefits of a professional utilisation cascade: the hard shells can be employed for innovative high-tech blasting, the soft insides as gourmet gastronomic specialities, high-quality oils, natural flavours and Spa novelties - think snacks and power bars, cherrypan, prunipan etc...
Cooperating closely with relevant companies it was clarified through research and hands-on expertise how the use of biogenous primary products (the stones) from fruit processing can be accomplished. The research center system was thus designed to master the manifold inputs of greenware (stones from cherries, apricots, peaches and prunes of different sizes). The process of breaking, cleaning, peeling, grinding and sieving is carried out in a flexible modular way of machinery construction, with the end product having to meet highest standards. This equally applies both to the micronised particles of blasting abrasives and to the soft cores of the stones that have to be undamaged and free from foreign matters. High quality food grade can be achieved uning special sorting equipment - presumably ultrasonic and laser technologies.
Project content and results
The stones of cherry, apricot, peach and prune are to be refined by a sophisticated processing technology so they become salable products. The market for these innovative products is still in the making, but the convincing quality of the products and several interested purchasers show its great prospects. Scientific, technical, product specific and economic bases for the machinability of fruit stones were researched and documented for the NAWARO-CASCADING PILOT project. The machines end engineering adequate for process management (washing, drying, breaking, peeling, cleaning) were elicited. In order to ensure a professional process for realisation of a small research factory components have to be adapted, combined to a small research plant and coordinated. Thus, the generated know how proves the process's functionality and enables the planning of a commercial large plant and its funding by motivated investors.
Dipl.-Chem. Univ.-Lekt. Hanswerner Mackwitz (deceased)
Project or cooperation partner
- Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alfred Strigl, Univ-Lektor
Dr. Wolfgang Stadlbauer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thomas Belazzi MAS
- Steirische Beerenobst reg.Gen.m.b.H, Lieboch
TEAM Ing. Gruber GmbH, A-3434 Tulbing
Gölles Schnapsbrennerei und Essigmanufaktur, A-8333 Riegersburg
Olmühle Fandler GmbH, A-8225 Pöllau
Lagler GmbH & Co KG, A- 7543 Kukmirn
Ferschli Schnapsbrennerei und Likörerzeugung, A-8382 Krobotek
Schokoladen-Manufaktur Zotter, A-8333 Riegersburg
PSO (Produktionsgemeinschaft Sämereien Oststeiermark), A-8330 Feldbach, Wetzelsdorf
- Ing.-HTL Franz Prewein, Österreichische Vereinigung für Agrar-, Lebens- und Umweltwissenschaftliche Forschung
Landwirtschaftsmeister Karl Geiger, Initiator "Sonnenblumenpark Tulbing"