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Reference Number AC0405
Title Potential for solar energy in food manufacturing, distribution and retailing
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Brunel University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 April 2006
End Date 31 October 2006
Duration 7 months
Total Grant Value £55,000
Industrial Sectors Food and Drink
Region London
Programme DEFRA Energy in Agriculture and Food
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Brunel University (100.000%)
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Objectives 1. Establish the current state of the art in relevant available solar technology including good exemplars of existing applications. 2. Identify the barriers for the adoption of solar technology. 3. Appraise the potential of solar energy technologies for energy conservation in food distribution and retail. 4. Appraise alternative relevant technologies for providing renewable energy. 5. Assess thebenefits from energy saving technologies. 6. Consider the alternative strategies for the next 5 to 10 years. 7. Consider the merits of specific research programmes to accelerate the development and adoption of solar energy in the food sector. Project Documents
Abstract The commercial food sector is responsible for 20% of the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions. Retail and distribution of food contribute approximately one third of this, mainly through burning of non-renewable fossil fuel to provide heat and power. This project aims to investigate ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the climate change impacts of the UKs food sector through the utilisation of solar energy to replace some of the carbon-based fuel currently used in the food sector. The challenge in this study is to examine the real potential for solar substitution in food retailing and distribution, and also to compare benefits with alternative strategies of using other renewable energy, eg, wind power, biomass and also with improving energy efficiency.
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Final Report Brunel University (2007). Potential for Solar Energy in Food Manufacturing,Distribution and Retail (PDF 502 KB)
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