Seeking moisture barrier for bio-based films
We have been working on bio-based/biodegradable flexible films for food packaging to help achieve our sustainability goals of having 100% RCB compliance for our packages as well as 20% reduction in GHG by 2030. While flexible package is a very sustainable option from a material use point of view, the multi-layer multi-material structures are not conducive for recycling and mostly end up in the landfill or as litter. While the biodegradable films help us with the end of life issues by designing for managed waste infrastructures like composting and anaerobic digestion, it cannot be at the expense of performance compromises such as reduced shelf stability. Oxygen barrier is not a problem with these films but achieving the very high moisture barrier required for packaging dry foods (< 0.3 g/m2/day under tropical conditions of 38C/90% RH) has been a challenge. We understand that metallization will be needed to achieve the high moisture barrier requirements, but even with metallization we have not been able to reach this barrier with bio-based films. Also, it is important to maintain this barrier under forming conditions in the VFFS process of bag-making. We are looking for novel resins that can be co-extruded with our core resins to form a skin layer with high functionality that can anchor metal to film or highly functional coatings which would serve the same purpose. Inherently high barrier coatings that can be applied as primer coating or top coating over metal could also be a solution.
Seeking breakthrough/novel packaging solutions for China
PepsiCo is seeking breakthrough solutions for packaging to drive innovation pipelines with a focus on the China market. The innovations will be applied to product categories from potato chips, seaweed chips, granola, instant oatmeal, powdered drinks, retorted grains meal, freeze-dried yoghurt cube, etc.
Seeking in-field tools to accurately measure citrus raw juice quality
Citrus fruit must be harvested when they are mature (ripe) and quickly processed so as not to compromise quality or incur yield losses due to fruit drop, pests, and diseases. Citrus fruit is non-climacteric and cannot be matured after it has been detached from the tree. Maturity is rated directly by measuring accumulated brix and titratable acidity both of which are important juice quality characteristics. The State of Florida defines maturity for oranges at a minimum brix of 9%. There are further definitions of processed orange juice by the FDA which define grades and products specifications. The brix and titratable acidity (TA) measurements in the field must be accurate to inform timely harvesting decisions. While there are available tools in the market to measure TA , brix or both parameters, they provide approximate values that are difficult to ascertain or may require complex machines, reagents and skilled end-users. Our goal is to identify or develop tools which can accurately measure TA and brix in the field expediently without requiring expert training.
Alphanosos rapid discovery technology against COVID 19
Alphanosos’ AI guided rapid discovery technology, validated in antimicrobials and anticancer, is expected to develop within 3 weeks of experimental work with a virology partner an anti-COVID-19 treatment composed of a synergistic mix of extracts of edible plants, chosen for being available in large amounts and with good traceability. Such treatment is, therefore, and also thanks to the innovative elaboration process, immediately available to enter large curative clinical trials, to be followed by country-wide deployment in a matter of weeks, for curative and for preventive goals (because of safety which is guaranteed by the edible nature of the mix).
Drag Reduction in Vehicles to increase fuel efficiency and reduce CO2
For heavy goods vehicles (HGV) 10% drag reduction is achieved by combining a single embedded trough at the rear end of the vehicle roof and troughs at the rear end of each side of the vehicle. This will result in significant fuel efficiencies during operation. Brunel University London is seeking companies who are interested in partnering to scale up this patented design. This could be HGV trailer manufacturers or in related areas of manufacturing of cars, particularly high performance/speed vehicles, coaches, train carriages and boats.
Electric motor with electromagnetic piston
A powerful electric motor whose piston surrounds a coil. The motor has a mobile and fixed piston, connected to a power source, which induces a magnetic field generating attractive and repulsive movements, pushing the piston along a longitudinal axis with sufficient force for applications in industrial machinery as loading and unloading, large boats or heavy vehicles.
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