Energy modeling framework for optimizing heat recovery in a seasonal food processing facility

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Creator Legorburu, Gabriel
Other Author Smith, Amanda D.
Title Energy modeling framework for optimizing heat recovery in a seasonal food processing facility
Date 2018-07-20
Description Societal, cultural and economic factors are driving food processors to reduce energy consumed per unit mass of food. This presents a unique problem because time variant batch processing using low to medium grade heat is common in food production facilities. Heat recovery methods may be implemented by food processors to reduce energy consumption; however, temporal variance in the process and utility flow require the development of a robust, easily implemented energy model to accurately determine system effectiveness and economic incentive. A bottom-up modular computational framework is proposed to model the energy consumption of a cannery. The model predicts that the cannery will require 612 kJ gas/kg product produced, which is within the ranges provided in previous literature. Results show that adding a globally optimized indirect heat recovery system will reduce the gas consumption by 6% annually. The proposed framework, used here to represent a cannery, may be adapted to many different types of food processing facilities. With a clear picture of energy consumption by device, and the ability to predict the impact of process modification or heat recovery, plant-level energy usage for food processing may be significantly reduced.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Journal Title Applied Energy
Volume 229
First Page 151
Last Page 162
Subject Energy efficiency; Food industry; Heat recovery; Optimization; Simulation
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Legorburu, G. & Smith, A. D. Energy modeling framework for optimizing heat recovery in a seasonal food processing facility. Appl. Energy 229, 151-162 (2018).; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.07.097
Rights Management (c) Gabriel Legorburu, Amanda D. Smith
Format Medium application/pdf
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Date Created 2018-08-02
Date Modified 2018-08-02
ID 1360074
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dr71pv
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