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This cluster consists of the following projects:

Development, Improvement and Design of Special Beer

BeterBier is an organisation founded by three students from the ORM programme at Saxion. BeterBier is a producer/creator of special beer. The kind of beer that BeterBier produces is Craft beer, which is brewed locally. Besides the local aspect, we tend to make a difference by using residual products. In the first beer that we made, we used left over bread. Main goal: the students need to have a craft beer ready at the end of the first semester. This has to be done following the results of a research, including customer segments and producers. In addition, we expect the students to prepare the beer to enter the market. Think of the logo, label, distribution,  marketing and packaging. Nice to have: next to developing the first beer, we give the students the freedom to do research on other kinds of special beer. They can develop the second special beer for our organisation, so that we can offer our newly found customers more of a choice.

Small Brewery and Malthouse for Local Beers

There is an increasing demand in craft beers from local resources. The Huttenkloas Brewery from Albergen is one of the small-scale breweries that filtrates their beer using Kieselguhr to get stable and appealing products. Kieselguhr is a finite fossil resource and the filtration with Kieselguhr is very labour intensive, which makes it costly. Whereas most industrial scale breweries use membrane filtration, such units are not yet available for small-scale application. Therefore, Huttenkloas wants to investigate the opportunities for downscaling these filtration units. In addition, downscaling the production of low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer by selecting either different yeast types or removing alcohol from the beer is considered. Malt is produced from grains –usually barley– and used in the production of beer, whisk(e)y and gin. The malt contains enzymes and starch to produce sugars in brewing. The sugars can be consumed by yeast and converted in alcohol. Currently malt is only produced on industrial scale by a few big malt houses. Traditional malthouses are very simple, yet effective. Techniques, such as floor malting and hand raking, keep capital expenditures down but increase labour inputs over time. Mechanical and automated equipment provides greater malt consistency and fewer labor inputs. Erve Triesthaar produces grains they want to process into malt on a small-scale while considering efficient use of energy and water. This encompasses a beer-path to demonstrate how ingredients for beer are growing (e.g. hops, barley), a facility to demonstrate how malt and beer is produced (micro malting/brewing system), and a facility for beer tasting. Would you like to take up the challenge to make a profitable small-scale local beer brewing possible? Contribute in this multidisciplinary project to make small-scale beer brewing with locally re-used energy as a unique touristic selling point for our region!

SSDD smart solar driven dryer

To make grass usefull for cows to eat after harvesting, several techniques are currently available which include: storage under plastic after pressurization(inkuilen) and drying with natural gas. These methods have disadvantages, including high energy demand of fossile fuels and rotting. The latter leads to loss of nutrients. An alternative idea to develop is grass drying with solar energy as a heat and electricity source. The idea is as follows: freshly harvested grass will be placed in a tunnel/box-like structure of a certain length and transported through that structure for drying. Conveying and drying needs to be done with solar energy. This means that pv panels will be nessecary for the electricity demand of the conveying system and fans which will blow air through the structure, so that evaporated water from the grass diffuses into the air and is taken out. This evaporation process must be directly solar driven, for instance like a green house system. To investigate the effectivity of such a process on a full farm scale, a prototype solar driven dryer must be developed and realized so that tests can be done on location at the farms, which will motivate the farmer to scale-up this system once they see that it actually works. There are two deliverables: a portable solar driven dryer which will fit on a small car-trailer. This dryer should contain the transport mechanism, solar panels needed for the electricity, and sensoring for controlstrategies, which allows good monitoring and safety to prevent the grass from overheating. The second deliverable will be a study of the process for a full scale solar driven dryer on a farm, with respect to investment costs and operation costs, energy demands for grass drying with solar energy, and legislation issues.

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