Boosting energy productivity—primer

  • 08/07/2017
  • Technical Insight

Technology Fast Facts

  • Type of innovation New to Australia
  • Time to commercialise Less than two years (depending on type)
  • Cost Varies. All show promise of having attractive return on investment
  • Complexity Specialist

What the technology does?

There are very substantial opportunities to reduce the cost of production by using less energy in the food supply chain.

How is the technology different?

An examination of new technologies and business models found the following key energy productivity opportunities for the food industry:

• Optimising the cold chain using real time monitoring/control of food conditions, replacing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigeration systems with high efficiency natural refrigerant systems.

• Electrification to replace thermal processing systems (e.g. boilers and steam/hot water) using mechanical means (membranes, centrifuges) to dewater, heat pumps/mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) to upgrade waste heat streams for reuse, high pressure processing, microwaves.

• Integrate renewables, demand management and energy storage to provide sustainable energy.

Application & Uses:

The innovations listed have widespread application across the food industry. Many of these applications are now commercially feasible and the others are in proof of concept stage. There is ongoing work in Australia to prove the commercial feasibility of several of these innovations, including optimising the cold chain, high temperature heat pumps and integrated renewables for farm and processing applications.

What the experts say:

There is an opportunity to double the value we get from each unit of energy in the next decade and the 2xEP program aims to support industry to drive these savings. This is critical in a time of rapidly rising energy costs.

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