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DEFRA Technologies Sector

Novel refrigeration plant technologies

A number of novel technologies exist that may have energy saving potential. Those considered within the DERFA project include; sorption refrigeration systems (adsorption), air cycle refrigeration, ejector refrigeration systems, groundsource cooling and heating, heat pipes to improve heat transfer, magnetic refrigeration, Stirling cycle refrigeration, thermoacoustic refrigeration, thermoelectric refrigeration and trigeneration systems.

It appears unlikely that any are likely to have a major impact in improving the energy efficiency of commercial food refrigeration systems in the next decade. However, some of the emerging technologies will find applications in niche markets such as in trigeneration systems and thermal energy recovery to produce refrigeration.

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