Professor Tassou, Director of CSEF (left) and Professor Azapagic, Co-Director of CSEF alongside the plaque dedicated to the new facilities.
Brunel University London recently played host to the RCUK’s National Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF) Industry Day.
The event, attended by over 200 delegates from both industry and academia, included presentations on research priorities and funding opportunities for End Use Energy Demand Reduction in the UK.
• Dr Kathryn Magnay, Head of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) energy programme spoke about funding priorities for energy demand reduction
• Eloise Meller, Deputy Team Head of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s Economic Performance and Environment Team, spoke about theESRC’s Food, Energy, Water Nexus and Food Resilience Programme.
• Dr John Whittall, Lead Technologist for Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK, told delegates about Innovate UK’s Sustainable Agriculture & Food Innovation Platform and provided an update on their strategy and delivery plan, highlighting funding opportunities for innovative collaborative research.
• Stephen Reeson from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) spoke about Strategy and Approaches for Energy Demand Reduction in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector.
The event also provided case study examples of some of the many successful collaborations between CSEF and its large number of industry partners.
• Nick Atkins, Engineering Manager for Airside Products, GEA Searle, spoke about collaboration with CSEF colleagues at Brunel University London on the development of gas cooler heat exchangers for CO2 refrigeration applications.
• Dr Simon Fox, Associate Director: Coffee Process Technology, Mondelez, spoke about collaborative projects with CSEF colleagues at the University of Birmingham on energy reduction in coffee manufacture.
• Richard Burkinshaw, Senior Sustainability Manager, Kellogg’s Europe, told delegates about his company’s partnership with CSEF colleagues at the University of Manchester for research on Life Cycle Analysis of food products.
CSEF’s Director, Professor Savvas Tassou (also Director of the Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University London) spoke about the Centre’s aims, objectives and progress to date, and emphasized opportunities for future collaboration as CSEF is very keen to develop further partnerships with industry.
CSEF’s progress to date includes £4 million in additional funding from 10 projects and production of extensive outputs (journal and conference publications and new product innovations). Highlights include integrated thermal energy storage in food cabinets that achieves a 16% energy reduction and an innovative air distribution system for isothermal refrigerated shelves with a projected net energy saving of 20%.
The industry day also saw the official opening of CSEF’s new facilities at Brunel University London by Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor and President of the University. Delegates were then able to tour the facilities and talk with CSEF’s researchers and students who presented posters about their research.
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