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The Development of an environmentally friendly absorbtion refridgeration system for automotive applications that is powered by vehicle exhaust waste thermal energy to reduce transportation energy cost

Objective

27 million tonnes of refrigerated food with an estimated value of gt 100 Billion is currently stored within the EU at anytime 45 of all refrigerated food transported within the EU is transported by road a total annual distance of 1395 Bn Tonne km. This enormous transportation of refrigerated food leads to large environmental and economic costs due to emissions of CO2 carbon monoxide CO Volatile Organic Compounds VOC nitrogen oxides NOx and other particles In addition refrigeration systems use refrigerants that have ozone depleting properties Automotive refrigeration systems are based on traditional vapour compression technology driven directly from the vehicles engine. These units lead to problems due to excessive power draw from the engine that can affect the vehicles performance and long term behaviour. These units are also heavy gt 100kg which affects vehicles styling and aerodynamics.

The proposed Co operative project Cool Van will develop an automotive refrigeration technology that will use water as the working refrigeration fluid and will be driven by the vehicles waste exhaust heat to power the refrigeration unit that will not draw any parasitic power from the engine. The refrigeration system will not affect the engine coolant system and will not require any under bonnet work to be undertaken.

Technological Objectives:
The Cool Van project aims to develop an adsorption refrigeration system for automotive refrigeration applications weighing less than 80kg. This will be powered by waste exhaust heat with an average power input of 15kW. The refrigeration system will have a Coefficient of Performance gt 0 5 and an average cooling power of 7 5kW. In addition thermodynamic available energy will be stored during normal operation that will be used to rapidly cool the refrigeration compartment when required.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COOP
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Coordinator

RBR ASSOCIATES LIMITED
Address
The Guildhall
Framlingham, Suffolk
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

AS LAPI MT
Estonia
Address
Parksepa
Voru County
CRS ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 4 Hadston Industrial Estate Hadston
Morpeth, Northumberland
FORD MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Eagle Way
Brentwood, Essex
INDUSTIPLAST AS
Norway
Address
Slettebrekkdalen 2
Follese
KESTREL TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Home Farm, Gonnerby Lane, Allington
Grantham, Lincolnshire
LODAM ELECTRONICS A/S
Denmark
Address
Grundtvigs Alle 163
Sonderborg
PARMA PLAST AS
Norway
Address
Smaalonane, Straume Naeringspark
Straume
PERA INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray
PERPLASTIC II SL SOCIEDAD UNIPERSONAL
Spain
Address
Cl Navall 11, Pol Ind De Cantabria
Logrono (La Rioja)
REMUS INNOVATION FORSCHUNGS UND ABGASANLAGEN PRODUKTIONS GES.MBH
Austria
Address
Dr Niederdorfer Str 25
Baernbach
RYEFORD ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
5 Foredrift Close, Southcrest
Redditch, Gloucestershire
THE TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF ICELAND, ICETEC
Iceland
Address
Keldnaholti
Reykjavik