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Potential for solar energy in food manufacturing, distribution and retailing - AC0405

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-ewnewable 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..
1. Establish the current state of the art in relevant avilable 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 the benefits 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 solarenergy in the food sector.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Potential for solar energy in food manufacturing, distribution and retailing   (753k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2006

Cost: £55,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Brunel
Energy Efficiency              
Environmental Performance              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food manufacturing industry              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Technology Transfer              
Fields of Study
Agriculture and Climate Change