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Title: Electro-osmosis dewatering as an energy efficient technique for drying food materials
Authors: Menon, A
Mashyamombe, TR
Kaygen, E
Nasiri, MSM
Stojceska, V
Keywords: Electro-osmosis;dewatering;energy efficiency
Issue Date: 18-Mar-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Energy Procedia, 2019, 161 pp. 123 - 132
Abstract: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( In recent times, there has been a rise in interest on the applications of electro-technology based food processing methods. With drying in food industries being an energy intensive process with huge environmental impacts, the objective of this study was to design and develop a purpose-built laboratory system, for experimentally characterising an energy efficient electro-osmosis dewatering system. Electro-osmosis is a unique dewatering technique in which, moisture in food materials are removed by the application of low electric field (5-30 V). Different food materials namely, yogurt, orange pulp and egg whites were tested using electro-osmosis at 15 V and 30 V over 15 min and 30 min, respectively. The energy consumption (kWh), carbon footprint (kgCO2e) and cost indices (£/kg dried food) were also evaluated and compared with thermal drying.
ISSN: 1876-6102
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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