LEO: Final Meeting in Bremerhaven (Germany)The LEO consortium organised its final meeting the 15-16 December 2015 in Bremerhaven (Germany). Our host Die Havenbacker welcomed us within their new bakery concept BrotBar and organised a visit of their main bakery facility supplying their 17 bakeries.
During the final meeting, the consortium partners discussed about all the work performed during the last two years and future activities to be carried out after the project completion. Retrospectively, the LEO project was really successful and the quality work made by all the partners was highly valuable and will definitively help the LEO infrared baking technology to be largely spread on the market in the forthcoming years.
The prototypes will need further improvements before reaching the mass market but the LEO project considerably saved time for research and development, and reduced the risk for its commercialisation. Currently the prototypes demonstrated a real economy of time and energy for a cost similar to conventional baking technologies available on the market.
During the last two years we manufactured not less than three prototypes (batch deck, batch ventilated and conveyor oven) that we tested in laboratory and within two professional bakeries. Specialists conducted an in-depth life-cycle assessment of the technology as well as a relevant sensory analysis and consumer acceptance study. A bakery market study has been prepared and became a reference document for the bakery and oven manufacturing sectors, and recently we prepared a business plan for the commercialisation of the IR technology.
The LEO project will end this month but the partners will continue their collaboration to perform new tests on the prototypes and improve the ovens for a repeatable manufacturing and mass commercialisation. This project was just a starting point for the IR technology and our partners played an important role in the forthcoming democratisation of low energy baking technologies.