Development and dissemination of cost effective strategies to improve energy efficiency in cooling systems in food and drink sector
Around 15 – 20% of the world energy consumption is produced by cooling and air condition systems.
Cooling installations by Vapor-compression mechanical system, which have a large untapped energy saving potential, are used in more than 90% cooling industrial installations.
Due to the strong energetic impact of cooling systems in food and drink sector, effective and realistic saving strategies are needed.
Control systems used nowadays don’t have an effective adaptation to work conditions and don’t take in account energy optimization criteria. Most automatic controls implemented are PID regulations, manually adjusted in the start-up process of the installation, which only try to meet quickly the required cooling demand, without considering energetic criteria.
The main objective of the COOL-SAVE project is based in the optimization of the Vapor-compression mechanical systems in the food and drink sector, which is the biggest manufactured sector in the UE with a global turnover of 815 billions of Euros in 2004 (14% of the total industry), and giving work to 4 million people.
The energy and money saved with the implementation of energy efficiency strategies is a key factor for a sector under a big economic crisis, which needs to improve their competitiveness. The reduction of energy consumption together with environmental impact minimization could be the basis of a sustainable economic growth.
The COOL-SAVE project aims to reduce industrial energy consumption in cooling installations by Vapor-compression mechanical system in the food and drink sector through the dissemination of cost effective energy efficiency strategies implementation.