InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 8 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM II - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleEnergy Saving Opportunities in a Food Factory
Primary AuthorRichard Greenough, De Montfort University
Other Author(s) Pedro Sanchez Fuentes
Pages 426 - 437
Article ID sdm15-022
Publication Date 02-May-16

This paper describes a case study of an energy efficiency project carried out for a UK manufacturer of ready meals. As well as a review of relevant literature the study collected and analysed data on energy and water use and analysed the possible use of waste heat in the effluent from the factory. The novelty in this project was the use of building simulation software to model the impact of modified temperature control, solar thermal collectors and absorption chillers on factory energy use. The results show the weather dependence of energy used by food factories where electrical energy is dominated by refrigeration, and the poor correlation of gas use with output due to the use of large volumes of hot water for cleaning.

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Remarks Paper presented at KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, 12-14 April 2015
First date of publication in InImpact: 1 December 2015