Electrical energy consumption in an abattoir and an evaluation of a procedure to reduce it

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Cain, B. P.


1986


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The Australian meat industry consumes very large quantities of electrical energy. Part (A) of this paper reports that a study of energy consumption in an abattoir revealed a regular pattern which was indentifiable with production operations. The refrigeration plant consumed most of the energy used by the abattoir on days when meat was produced, and was responsible for almost all energy consumption on weekends and days of no production. An energy saving procedure is proposed which involves periodic shutting down of the refrigeration plant on days of no production. Part (B) evaluates the proposed procedure. During a test the refrigeration plant in the abattoir was off for 33 hours and on for 15 hours between 0600 Saturday and 0600 Monday. Savings of over half normal weekend power consumption were achieved, and evaporative weight loss from chilled carcasses was reduced.


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Meat Research Laboratory


Food Science Australia; Energy; Electrical energy consumption; Abattoirs; Refrigeration plant; Refrigeration loads; Chilling; Freezers; Energy conservation; Evaporative weight loss; Chilled carcasses


Meat Research Report


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Cain, B. P. Electrical energy consumption in an abattoir and an evaluation of a procedure to reduce it. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Meat Research Laboratory; 1986. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/272786?index=1



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