Solar thermal energy alternatives and their application to water heating and air cooling in the meat processing industry

Goh, Steven and Craig, Ian and Muller, Zach (2011) Solar thermal energy alternatives and their application to water heating and air cooling in the meat processing industry. In: SSEE 2011: Escaping Silos, 24–26 Oct 2011, Brisbane, Australia.

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This research sought to provide insights into the possible applications of solar thermal energy within the meat processing industry. This project is carried out in conjunction with Churchill Abattoir located west of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia; with the view to develop a solar thermal alternative for producing heated water to cater in part for the needs of their operation whilst simultaneously providing refrigeration. In terms of an industry comparison, Churchill Abattoir is ranked approximately 25-30th of 180 abattoirs nationwide and processes (i.e. slaughter, bone and butcher) around 2500 cattle per week. The meat processing industry has a high demand for heated water. Its uses vary from hand washing and laundry (~43oC) to sterilisation of equipment such as saws, meat hooks, knives etc (>83oC). It also has high energy needs for refrigeration. A solar thermal system that could reduce energy costs in these areas would not only benefit Churchill Abattoir but may see further application within the industry. The project began by evaluating the existing alternatives for system components such as energy collectors, solar tracking, chillers and heaters. Once the component variables and design parameters for a conceptual system had been established, an initial design was proposed and analysed to determine its capabilities. As a result of the analysis, components and sizes were selected for a conceptual system that could be implemented at the abattoir.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 00:52
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 00:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: abattoir; meat processing; solar thermal energy; water heating; air-cooling
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120404 Engineering Systems Design
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850506 Solar-Thermal Energy

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