Economics of solar powered refrigeration transport applications

James, P.A.B. and Bahaj, A.S. (2002) Economics of solar powered refrigeration transport applications. In, Conference Record of the Twenty-Ninth IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Converence 2002. 29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference , IEEE, 1561-1564.


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The application of photovoltaics (PV) to refrigeration for the distribution of chilled supermarket produce has been pioneered in the United Kingdom (UK). Weather conditions in the UK are such that the power produced by a PV system is in phase with the refrigeration load for most transported chilled product applications. An economic assessment of PV chilled delivery has been undertaken and compared with that of diesel powered refrigeration units. The analysis indicates that a payback time of 18 years for a PV refrigerated supermarket trailer can be achieved. Further analysis is presented for other chilled applications of airport catering supply and household milk delivery. In each case the typical delivery profile, energy loads and possible photovoltaic system are described.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0780374711 (hardback)
9780780374713 (hardback)
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Subjects: T Technology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53825
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2002Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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