What is CryoHub?
CryoHub uses the fact that an industrial refrigeration plant has a significant demand for electricity to produce cooling, and that sites in areas that are highly suited to renewable energy generation. However renewable energy production tends to be intermittent, and the site needs a continuous and reliable supply.
By employing renewable energy sources first to liquefy and then store cryogens, CryoHub can overcome this. “The potential is enormous,” says project leader Judith Evans of London South Bank University. “Not only can this help to balance the power grid, but it is also ideally suited to using waste heat from equipment and components in refrigerated food warehouses – everybody wins!”.
With the UK gearing up to the challenging target of 20% of its energy demand satisfied by renewal energy sources by 2020 it means that renewables are going to become increasingly widely available in the next few years. Also, demand from the food cold chain for energy is increasing as the market for refrigeration expands.
Cryohub will help match these two key trends. The Cryohub technology could allow food producers a ready-made package to integrate on-site management of heating, cooling, energy storage and waste generation. The big benefit here is that they will be able to sell any excess energy back to the grid at peak demand times