LIFE Fresh Box: a sustainable transport solution conserving quality of fresh produce, reducing waste & fuel consumption.
Program: LIFE 13
Duration: 36 months, July 2014 - June 2017
Coordinator: PCTAD (Zaragoza, Spain)
Freshbox Project has developed an intelligent and active container for vegetables transportation. This container allow extending fresh products shelf life, reducing its damages (and wastes) and also fuel consumption.
The project aims to improve the sustainability of the distribution of fresh produce to create a more competitive sector that can offer better products to the final consumer.
Fresh Box container characteristics:
- Active & smart container that stores & transports each type of fresh produce in the ideal conditions of respiration rate.
- Monitored with an innovative Integrated Sensor Kit to check the main environmental features in the container and allow traceability.
- Lightweight, manufactured with a technology that saves energy and made of innovative recyclable material.
- Can transport fresh produce harvested at a higher maturity stage: consumers will be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables with better features.
PCTAD Scientific Technological Park Foundation Aula Dei. Project coordinator, they carry out life cycle analysis and also vegetables requirements and quality at origin and destination.
AITIIP Technological Centre designs and develops container and active additives.
Lafuente Tomey producer and distributor of vegetables. They specify vegetables requirements and promote Project results among the vegetable producers. La Muela (Spain).
Imar ICT entity who designed monitoring control system. Tralee (Ireland).
Kölla Distributor of fresh vegetables. Kaarst (Germany).
Transfer Consultancy, Barcelona (Spain) – Dissemination of Project results.