PROBLEM STATEMENT: Hop drying is a significant consumer of energy and a production bottleneck ins the ~$640 million/year hop growing industry. Dynamic drying protocols can increase product quality, save energy, and improve throughput, but require implementation of smart manufacturing principles 

PROJECT GOAL: Identify the energy saving potential of dynamic drying protocols driven by real time process parameter measurements, that also maintain product quality. 

TECHNICAL APPROACH: 

  • Develop and use process models of typical kilns to identify drying protocols that can reduce energy consumption and increase productivity
  • Instrument manufacturing process and measure energy consumption for baseline and proposed kilning process at different grower sites.
  • Quantify energy and economic savings for growers  and publish recommendations

KEY TASKS AND MILESTONES:

  1. Process Model Development and Validation
  2. Process Instrumentation, Monitoring and Experiments
  3. Data Analysis, Algorithm Development and Dissemination 
POTENTIAL IMPACT

  • Increase in Energy Efficiency
  • Increase in Production Efficiency
  • Broad Agricultural Sector Impact

BENEFITS: 

  • SM profile of generic agricultural product drying
  • Ectron SmartEYE allow easy data transfer to SIMP
  • Baseline data will enable edge and cloud app for future SIMP and SM Marketplace deployment
  • Potential for new CESMII membership in agricultural, food and beverage vertical

 

Member % Cost Share CESMII % Cost Share Duration
50% 50% 6 Months

 

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