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Mobile Refrigeration System Refrigerant Leakage Monitoring

Objective

The European SME haulage industry is under unprecedented pressure due to fuel price increases and environmental pollution. If crude oil prices average $80 a barrel in 2008 as predicted, prices will have risen 154% since 2003. In real terms, fuel prices have risen 42% in the last 4 years. Fuel constitutes 30% of the operating costs, therefore costs are increasing at nearly twice the rate of inflation. The haulage industry in Europe emits over 922.6 M tons of pollutants every year which is not sustainable. The industry faces increased taxation and legislation, impacting on profitability. The average profit margin for a haulage firm is between 0% and 2%, down from over 3.5% in 2003. The problems above are worse for the refrigerated transport industry because refrigerated vehicles consume extra fuel to run the refrigeration plant. The industry is in desperate need of any technologies that can help reduce operating costs and restore profitability. This is important because 72.5% of freight in Europe is moved by road. Low-resistance tyres and aerodynamic packages are helping but technologies specifically directed at refrigerated vehicles are required. This project is motivated by the fact that even correctly operating refrigeration systems leak refrigerant which causes a reduction in coefficient of performance. This in turn raises the compressor duty cycle and further increases fuel consumption. Refrigerants are hydroflorourocarbons which have a high global warming potential and so contribute further pollutants. We will develop a refrigerant leakage monitoring system based on a network of low-cost surface acoustic wave sensors. This will enable the refrigerant charge of a system to be maintained at the optimum level so that it operates at the design maximum COP. The benefit of this system will be a decrease in operating costs equivalent to approximately a 5% reduction in fuel consumption equating to a saving of €2250 per annum for a refrigerated trailer.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/taxation

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

R.J. Doran and Company Ltd.
Address
Green Farm, Maidstone Road, Nettlestead Green
ME18 5HD Maidstone
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 467 781
Administrative Contact
Richard Doran (Mr.)

Participants (7)

SENSOR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 287
Address
Balscott Mill, Balscote
OX15 6EY Banbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Hopkins (Mr.)
Data Optics Balkans Ltd
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 106 757
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse Blvd., Atm Centre, Office 623 131
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Plamen Ivanov Panov (Mr.)
Brain Bee S. P. A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 357
Address
Via Quasimodo 4/A
43100 Parma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Cantadori (Mr.)
Aarts Plastics BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 92 932
Address
Vijzelweg 8
5145NK Waalwijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Ripert (Ms.)
HUBBARD PRODUCTS LTD.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 511
Address
Hillview, Otley - Church Road
IP69NP Ipswich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Evangelisti (Mr.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 913
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Danvers (Mr.)
DUNDALK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 4 334
Address
Dublin Road
A91 Dundalk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Mcgrath (Mr.)