VEG-i-TEC wants to facilitate (and accelerate) the implementation of technological innovations for the industry, reducing the gap between research and market penetration. Next to the establishment of a living lab for the food industry, VEG-i-TEC also contains a fully equipped, flexible and dynamic space for the treatment of a wide range of water types, using a broad range of technologies.

You are able to use VEG-i-TEC for:

  • the testing of apparatus with applied research
  • training and demonstration: either in an industrial or academic/education of students context, for internal use or towards machine builders, technology suppliers, and the vegetable and potato processing industry

Water Types

surface water (river Leie)
freatic groundwater (12 m)
tap water
vegetable processing process water
vegetable processing waste water
any type of water delivered from externally and stored in underground tanks


ion exchange
sand filter
granulated activated carbon
reversed osmosis
UV desinfection
H2O2 desinfection
other technologies to be discussed (e.g. membrane destillation, capacitive deionization)

Analytical equipment

ICP-OES qualitive screening with or without destruction
Steamdestillation and titration
General water characterisation
microbiological quality and/or characterisation
dry matter analysis, ash content
particle size determination
microscopic analysis
water activity
solvent extraction
determination of adsorption isotherms
fysico chemical water technology
oxidation potential (based on advanced oxidation lab-scale tests)
metal precipitation test
extraction and titration
anaerobic fermentation
analysis of biofilms
viscosity determination

Technology Readiness Level

Basic principles observed
Technology concept formulated
Experimental proof of concept
Technology validated in lab
Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
System prototype demonstration in operational environment
System complete and qualified
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)