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Energy Use for Food

The ability to feed a growing global population will increase competition for food related resources. A foremost challenge of our time is meeting food demands in light of the exacerbating effects of changing climate, population and consumption patterns. “The food-related emissions and impacts of climate change on agriculture and the food system will profoundly alter the way we grow and produce food ” (One-Third of our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Agriculture”, Nature, 2012). Together the food industry and its associated food delivery services represent one of the most energy-intensive industries in many countries. Food processing requires energy to convert raw food into consumer products and is responsible for soil degradation and greenhouse gas emissions. This section focuses on energy demand and reduction opportunities in the food processing industry.

Utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies throughout each step of the food production process is imperative to meeting the surge in food demand without detrimentally impacting the resources on which the agricultural and food industries, and individuals depend.

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Concrete Thermal Energy Storage for Linear Fresnel Collectors: Exploiting the South Mediterranean’s Solar Potential for Agri-food Processes

This case study examines the possibility of generating, by a solar industrial process heating plant, the thermal energy required annually…

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Energy Conversion and Management

Date:

15 June 2018

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Energy use in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS): A Review

In aiming to achieve economic and environmentally sustainable production, a compromise has to be found between water use, waste discharge,…

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Aquacultural Engineering (Volume 81)

Date:

1 May 2018

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Expenditure of Low-Income Households on Energy : Evidence from Africa and Asia

Report abstract: “Patterns of household energy use and expenditure have been the subject of a large number of studies. Household…

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World Bank Group

Date:

1 June 2010

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Food Processing Industry Energy and Water Consumption in the Pacific Northwest

This aims to quantify key sources of energy and water consumption in the food processing industry. It focuses on food-related…

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Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies

Date:

1 June 2018

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Low-carbon Competitiveness in Kenya

Article abstract: “The aim of Kenya’s Vision 2030 initiative is to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a…

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Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Date:

30 September 2013

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Opportunities for Renewable Energy in the Australian Water Sector

This study has evaluated the opportunities, barriers and current trends for renewable energy use in order to identify priority areas…

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Date:

1 November 2015

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Path Choice of Developing Bio-energy while Keeping Food Security ---a General Equilibrium Model

This paper focused on a discussion whether developing bio-energy will threaten food security in China. It constructed a general equilibrium…

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Energy Procedia

Date:

1 May 2017

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Adoption of Climate Technologies in the Agrifood Sector (Morocco)

This report, which focuses on Morocco, pilots a methodology developed to identify and assess several climate technologies that can contribute…

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Food and Agriculture Organization

European Bank

Date:

1 January 2016

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The Water–Energy Nexus in Middle East and North Africa

This paper performs a country-level quantitative assessment of this nexus in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The…

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Energy Policy

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The Water-Land-Food Nexus of First-Generation Biofuels

This report provides a global assessment of biofuel crop production, reconstruct global patterns of biofuel crop/oil trade and determines the…

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Scientific Reports

Date:

3 March 2016

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The Water–Energy–Food Security Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Food Security in South Africa

The interconnectedness of water, energy and food production cycles translates into the interdependence of water, energy and food pricing. This…

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Aquatic Procedia

Date:

1 August 2012

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Renewable Energy in the Palestinian Territories: Opportunities and Challenges

This paper presents the current energy situation in the Palestinian Territories, evaluates the potential of renewable energies in meeting part…

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Date:

1 January 2012

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Colocation Opportunities for Large Solar Infrastructures and Agriculture in Drylands

The goal of this study was to explore opportunities to colocate solar infrastructures and agricultural crops to maximize the efficiency…

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Applied Energy