Optiflux, which is located at Greenville in Houthalen-Helchteren (BE), has been elected Start-Up of the Year. The company developed a technology that makes it possible to store fruit better with less loss and lower energy costs.
The election of the Limburg Start-Up of the Year is an initiative of Limburg StartUp, the start-up community of the LRM, and takes place in the context of the election of the Limburg Entrepreneur of the Year. Optiflux succeeds Blue Foot Membranes as laureate.
Artificial intelligence in fruit storage
Optiflux developed an innovative method for better storage of fruit after harvest. The technique, which is the result of years of research, makes it possible to store fruit with much less loss and with lower energy consumption.
“Fruit breathes”, explains Niels Bessemans, CEO & CTO at Optiflux. “Our measurement method and associated software algorithms continuously measure the conditions in the cold store and process that data in a smart way. Based on these measurements, the system automatically adjusts the storage conditions, for example by regulating the oxygen supply. This ensures energy savings through efficient cooling, better storage conditions, less loss of quality and therefore less waste.” Bessemans is convinced that Optiflux’s technology can reduce energy costs by 10 to 15 percent, a significant result during this energy crisis.
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