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Distributed generation and trigeneration: energy saving opportunities in Italian supermarket sector

Arteconi, Alessia, Brandoni, Caterina and Polonara, Fabio (2009) Distributed generation and trigeneration: energy saving opportunities in Italian supermarket sector. Applied Thermal Engineering, 29 (8-9). pp. 1735-1743. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2008.08.005


This paper presents an analysis of the potential for introducing distributed generation systems in the supermarket sector in the light of Italian legislation (inasmuch as concerns tax incentives and regulations) with a view to arriving at some generally applicable criteria. The energy users in question are characterized by a strong demand for energy for refrigeration for food preservation and for ambient air-conditioning during the summer. This makes supermarkets particularly suitable for trigeneration applications with the prime mover coupled with absorption systems. This study analyses the feasibility of implementing trigeneration systems for the combined production of electricity and ambient heating and air-conditioning energy or, alternatively, for the combined generation of electrical energy and refrigeration for the preservation of food. Finally, the hypothesis of combining trigeneration systems with photovoltaic systems aimed at maximizing the energy saving achievable was also considered. This paper analyses the various technologies from a technical, economic and environmental standpoint, enabling advantages and disadvantages to be identified in relation to a real case.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:29204
Deposited By: Dr Caterina Brandoni
Deposited On:13 May 2014 14:47
Last Modified:13 May 2014 14:47

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