MEDISCOProject reference: 32559
Funded under: FP6-INCO
MEDIterranean food and agro industry applications of Solar COoling technologies
MEDISCO aims to develop, test and optimise solar thermally driven cooling concepts for the food and agro industry in the Mediterranean region, which under local conditions can become economically and socially sustainable. The objective is to asses which systems would better suite the actual and future demand of the food and conservation industry sectors in the south edge of the basin and estimate in technical and economical terms the most appropriate approach for the application of solar thermally driven systems. The partners will carry out a survey of the energy requirement of the industrial sector analysed in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Furthermore, the project will be devoted to the development of novel high performing solar driven cooling and refrigeration concept, aiming at the best compromise towards innovative technologies use, primary energy savings and economic issues. The concepts developed will be implemented through the collaborative work of the research institutions and the technology providers involved, resulting in theoretical and simulation activities.
Therefore the optimised system will be constructed and installed in two experimental set ups (one in Tunisia), allowing on site monitoring activities of the system performance. The experiences gained through the experimental activities, will be used to create guidelines for best practice applications. The project results will increase the knowledge and strengthen the awareness among the major stakeholders on the penetration potential of solar technologies in the food industry in the region.
They will contribute to future Community RTD activities related to these systems. Transfer of experiences within the project, at a regional level, will be amplified thanks to the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC), based in Tunis within the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP). Further dissemination towards the international scientific community will be carried out (IES-SHC Tasks)