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New high-tech food lab at HAW's faculty of life sciences

For research in the fields of nutritional science and process engineering. Inauguration on 4 July 2014.

The faculty of life sciences at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences will be equipped with a high-tech food lab for R & D and tuition of students of the master degree course Food Science. Extending over 170 square metres, the new laboratory consists of two test rooms, a project space and cold rooms, utility room, and storage room. The opening will take place on Friday, 4 July 2014.

Measuring energy consumption

In the new food technology laboratory, for example, highly relevant energy consumption measurements can be performed at different household and commercial kitchens. Currently, there is still no uniform standard for energy efficiency in terms of the proclaimed climate protection target at a European and international level. The Eco Design Directive is before the minimum efficiency requirements for different product groups. In 2011, an energy label for refrigerators and freezers and washing machines with an indication of the annual energy consumption was introduced for private households. For large kitchens, the German DIN standard 18873 exists.

Food production in the practical test

Furthermore, industrial processes in the food manufacturing and processing on a small scale can be partially reenacted. These include baking processes, ice cream manufacturing, roasting processes of coffee, beverages, chocolate making, and the manufacturing of confectionery such as sweet gum or candies. But also the investigation of pasta products and products from the dairy sector is possible. Students thus get close insight into the practice. him

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