The Integration of energy Efficiency Measures and Renewable Energy Sources in the Reduction of Carbon Emissions from an Industrial Manufacturing Facil

The Integration of energy Efficiency Measures and Renewable Energy Sources in the Reduction of Carbon Emissions from an Industrial Manufacturing Facil

Funding Body (EPA, FP7, etc): Self funded

Project type (PhD, post-doc, etc): MEngSc

Period (start to end): 2008 to May 2010

Researcher: Liam McLaughlin

Project Description  

This thesis will seek to examine the potential to reduce the carbon emissions of a typical pharmaceutical plant to the minimum possible given practical and economical constraints. Carbon emissions from onsite combustion processes and the use of imported electricity will be covered. This will be examined in two phases. In order to minimise the plants energy use in the first phase, a number of areas will be examined including all applicable energy saving technologies. Buildings which are expected to use over 50% of the plant’s energy will be reviewed in addition to all other energy using and conversion processes. Once the practical minimum usage of energy for the plant is established the second phase will examine the applicability of renewable and alternative energy technologies. This will involve a review of all proven technologies for suitability in an industrial environment and will also examine some of the energy storage opportunities inherent in the existing processes. The optimum combination will be chosen to supply the plants thermal and electrical energy needs. Only opportunities which are economically viable will be considered.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork

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