Air Products and the Grimsby Institute have revealed a collaborative international research program to support the creation of best practice guidelines for food freezing and chilling.

The research programme will provide a strategic review of the principles and practices of chilling and freezing food to establish best practice guidelines.

The Grimsby Institute’s Professor Dillon, who is responsible for helping to bring FRPERC to Grimsby, commented, “It is great to see the applied research unit get this agreement so soon after setting up base in Grimsby. I know this project will be the first of many to help build our reputation nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in the freezing and chilling of seafood.”

Led from the Grimsby Institute’s Food Refrigeration Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC), the research will be carried out by research fellows, Stephen James, Christian James and Graham Purnell, backed by 100 years of know how and expertise now located in Grimsby. Their activity will be supported by a group of research students from Universities in Southern China, who will be completing MSc degrees in productivity and innovation.

Air Products, a leading global supplier of food freezing and chilling systems, will also be collaborating in the research project, providing access to the latest hi-tech cryogenic freezing systems as well as advising on how to optimise systems during the research activity.

As well as considering the potential of cryogenic freezing technologies, the research project aims to explore the role of electromagnets in advanced freezing applications. In particular, the Cells Alive System, an award-winning electromagnetic freezing system from Japan will be investigated as part of the research activity.

Jon Trembley, Technology Manager for cryogenic applications at Air Products, described the project as “exciting”. He added, “Having worked with FRPERC in the past, we are delighted to be collaborating with them again in Grimsby and we very much hope that the involvement of some of China’s top students will help to spread the word about the benefits of cryogenic technologies in this fast-developing part of the world.”

The research program gets underway in October and while it is planned to continue for one year initially, it may continue after that time, backed by further links with Universities in Southern China.