An Assessment of Biofuel Potential in Fulfilling the Energy Requirements of Cold Storage in India

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Mohd Arif Khan

Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) - Government Engineering College Banswara

Shubham Awasthi

GEC Banswara

Veeresh Fuskele

GEC Banswara

Dr Jignesh Patel

Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) - Government Engineering College Banswara

Date Written: February 12, 2019

Abstract

Every year in India, approximately 18% of fruits and vegetables are wasted due to the absence of post-harvest storage infrastructure. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that 40 per cent of India’s fresh fruits and vegetables worth an annual $8.3 billion perish before reaching consumers. This is despite the fact that India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, producing around 83 million tonnes of fruits and 121 million tonnes of vegetables annually. In order to overcome the above losses, effective post-harvest storage infrastructure is required. Since cold storage is a power gulping monster and in order to develop the infrastructure for the same, large electric requirements needs to be addressed. It can be met by the conventional electricity production, but it will further increase our dependence on crude oil imports and it will have an impact on environment. In order to solve the above scenario two different sustainable approach are proposed. One of the approach is of integrated vapour absorption system driven by biofuel based combustion chamber. Second approach is to run vapour absorption system on the waste heat rejected by the internal combustion (IC) engines powered by biofuels. Coefficient of performance (COP) based analysis has been done to determine the yearly requirements of different biofuels for meeting this requirements. Biofuel used in the study are biogas, ethanol and biodiesel. On the basis of result obtained biodiesel is proposed for first system and biogas & ethanol is proposed for second system.

Keywords: Biogas; Ethanol; Biodiesel; Cold storage

Suggested Citation

Khan, Mohd Arif and Awasthi, Shubham and Fuskele, Veeresh and Patel, Dr Jignesh, An Assessment of Biofuel Potential in Fulfilling the Energy Requirements of Cold Storage in India (February 12, 2019). Advances in Power Generation from Renewable Energy Sources (APGRES) 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3531227 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3531227

Mohd Arif Khan (Contact Author)

Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) - Government Engineering College Banswara ( email )

Government Engineering College Banswara,Behind May
Banswara, RI 327001
India

Shubham Awasthi

GEC Banswara ( email )

Government Engineering College Banswara,Behind May
Banswara, RI 327001
India

Veeresh Fuskele

GEC Banswara ( email )

India

Dr Jignesh Patel

Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) - Government Engineering College Banswara ( email )

Government Engineering College Banswara,Behind May
Banswara, RI 327001
India

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