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Tri-generation in the Food Industry (AFM 196) - FT1504

the main objective of this project is to design and develop and investigate a proof of concept tri-generation system for food engineering applications based on a microturbine and off-the shelf absorption systems which will be re-engineered to be driven by the exhaust gases of the gas turbine

· Design a tri-generation system using off-the shelf equipment where possible, a Bowman microturbine and Robur absorption units to provide simultaneously electrical power, heating and refrigeration.
· Investigate and develop `generators’ for the absorption units, so that they are driven from the exhaust gases of the microturbine rather than from the direct combustion of natural gas.
· Investigate and develop heat recovery strategies that will allow maximum recovery of waste heat for the supply of hot water.
· Investigate characteristics of individual components in the system
· Develop models for the optimum design and sizing of tri-generation systems for retail food applications.
Project Documents
• Abstract : Tri-generation in the Food Industry (AFM 196)   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2006

Cost: £209,799
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Apex Air Conditioning Ltd, Bowman Power, Bond Retail Services Ltd, Somerfield Property Company Ltd, University - Brunel, Doug Marriott Associates
Energy Efficiency              
Environmental Performance              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food Industry Sustainability Strategy              
Food manufacturing industry              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain