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New technologies based on high-pressure processing have become an alternative to heating food to prepare it for storage. Thanks to innovative processes developed by NC Hyperbaric, the food industry is able to bring safer, fresher, and more natural products to market.
Food preservation has been a challenge throughout human history, involving drying, salting, smoking, pickling, fermenting, cooking and freezing. Today, a popular solution for inhibiting the growth of bacteria, and preserving food for shipping and shelf-storage, is heating it to kill microbes; this process, however, also harms nutrients and affects taste.
A new system developed by NC Hyperbaric, called high-pressure processing (HPP), employs the use of extremely high pressures that disrupt the functioning of microbes, without affecting nutrients or flavor.
In NC Hyberbaric’s system, the food is first sealed in its final flexible packaging. Those packages are placed in a plastic container inside high-strength steel vats. Up to 185 miles of wire are wound around the vats, increasing their ability to withstand pressure. Then the tanks fill with water, an additional 15 percent beyond what would theoretically be considered full. The excess of water creates extreme pressure in the tanks, pressing the molecules of the food together. “It’s similar to lowering your product to an ocean depth of 35 miles,” explains Purroy.
The pressure exerted on the food kills microbes such as listeria or salmonella (thus increasing product safety…
Mier Comunicaciones is demonstrating how local Spanish companies in the telecommunications industry can position themselves on the international stage.
Mier Comunicaciones was founded 50 years ago as a family firm in La Garriga, Barcelona. The company is a member of ProEspacio, the Spanish Association of Space Industries, through which it has accessed major European scientific projects. It specializes in designing and manufacturing on-board satellite equipment and is part of the select group of companies involved in European Space Agency (ESA) missions such as those to study climate change and to improve communications around the world. Everyday services such as weather forecasting and digital thermometers are available today thanks to these missions.
The company also develops high frequency and microwave technologies used for transmitting digital television and mobile telephone signals. Its technological solutions have played an important role in the deployment of digital TV, which now has 99% percent coverage across Spain.
Facilitating the Transition
Digital terrestrial television is the next evolution in TV signal technology, replacing analog. Digital transmission offers a number of improvements: a greater number of channels can be transmitted with higher quality sound and images, and it allows for the incorporation of interactive TV services.
Mier Comunicaciones, chaired by Pedro Mier, is a world leader in the supply of low- and medium-power digital TV broadcasting equipment. To date, it has supplied more than 25,000 pieces of equipment in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. For example, the company’s technology has…
Spanish wines have managed to win over 25.6 million consumers in Germany, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. These five countries account for the majority of Spanish wine exports, which are currently trying to diversify their sales towards Asia and America. The figures have been produced by the Spanish Wine Market Observatory (OeMv), which surveyed 4,527 consumers in the leading global markets.
Among other figures, the study entitled, ‘Reputation of Spanish wines in leading world markets’ gives Spanish wines a score of 5.9 out of 10, behind Italy with 6.5 points and France with 7.3 points.
To try and reverse this situation, the sector has proposed promoting the Made in Spain brand around the world. Spain’s Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs has announced that it has approved an investment of €106.7 million to manage 932 programs to promote Spanish wine in non-EU countries using Common Market Organization (OCM) funds.
Ricardo C. Berrios, leader of the Cleantech Chapter, discussed the state of Smart Grid globally at today's event, as part of the conference tracks taking place in San Francisco from July 11th until July 14th.
Session: Smart Grid: An Emerging Markets Perspective
Date: Monday, July 11, 2011, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Speech Title: Smart Grid: An Emerging Markets Perspective
Venue: InterContinental Hotel San Francisco
Spain puts a stake in Silicon Valley. The Ministry of Industry and Fundación Banesto open the Spain Tech
Center on July 1, the first Spanish center of technological innovation in Silicon Valley (San Francisco), to
help entrepreneurs set up in Spanish in the United States. Silicon Valley is the area that concentrates
the world's largest technology companies including Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard and eBay.
The center will be located at Rocket Space in the neighborhood of Soma and its facilities can
simultaneously accommodate up to 35 companies, who will enjoy this shared work environment,
education and training over a period of six months, as well as advice from a network of U.S. experts.
This project is part of a plan to support the growth of services and digital content within Spain and
abroad, because they form the digital economy in Spain, including the second phase of Avanza Plan. In
particular, electronic commerce and digital content generated more than 15,000 million euros in Spain
The plan involves an investment of 3.28 billion euros, of which 2.8 million euros comes from the
Ministry of Industry (contributed equally by Red.es and ICEX) and other partners.
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