With hibernate project 2 we develop new products stored at -20°C. The new products must be homogeneous, stable for at least six months, and stable during transport.
We produce microbiological (certified) reference materials for quality checks at microbiological laboratories in the context of food safety criteria and process hygiene criteria. The reference material is stored at –80 °C and remains stable for at least 2 years. This also means the materials are sent on dry ice and customers must store them at -80 °C to have the same stability. –80 °C Freezers are environmentally unfriendly due to their high energy consumption. With the hibernate 2 project, we develop new products stored at -20 °C. The new products must be homogeneous, stable for at least six months, and stable during transport.
To this end, new production methods are being investigated for the microorganisms of the food safety and process hygiene criteria.
This project is supported by the Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling (EFRO), Versneller Inovatieve Ambities (VIA) and Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN). The EU is funding this project in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.