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R439 Reduced Energy Storage

Publication Date: 
15 October 2013
Author/Contact :
Author/Contact: 
Jon Swain (FEC) & Adrian Cunnington (SBCSR)

Contractor :
Contractor: 
FEC Services Ltd & Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research

Full Research Project Title: Reduced energy storage - to minimise the carbon footprint associated with storage of GB potato crops
Duration: September 2010 - October 2012

Aim: To reduce the energy cost and therefore the carbon footprint, and to assess the validity of existing potato storage carbon footprints and, if necessary recommend how they might be improved.

Industry Challenge

In recent years a number of potato carbon footprints have been produced. In some cases storage has been highlighted as the biggest single contributor. However, the validity of these assessments is not clear and they are often contradictory. There is therefore a need for an independent assessment of the publically available carbon footprints that have been carried out to determine their validity and, if necessary, recommend how they might be improved.

Collaboration

FEC Services, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR)

Approach

The objectives are as follows:

a) Quantify the individual physical characteristics of commercial potato stores in terms of their affect on energy use.
b) Quantify the management practices of commercial potato stores in terms of their affect on energy use.
c) Demonstrate / quantify the energy and cost savings that can be achieved by adopting commercial best practice.
d) Review emerging technologies that have the potential to reduce energy use, assess their cost effectiveness and define any further work that might be required to stimulate uptake by growers.
e) To collate and evaluate potato storage carbon footprint data that is currently in the public domain.
 
The output of this project combined with results from project R401 will provide a sound basis from which the energy savings that can be achieved by storing potatoes at higher temperatures can be calculated.
 
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