CSEF I-ThERM workshop papers


24th October saw a gathering of heat recovery and conversion experts gather at Brunel for CSEF’s I-ThERM workshop. The international event featured presenters from seven different European countries who presented their ground breaking work in industrial heat recovery techniques such as novel heat pipes, compressors and condensors. i-THERM aims to […]

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ICSEF 2018 announced

ICSEF 2018

The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource in Food Chains (ICSEF 2018) will be held in Limassol, Cyprus from 10-12 October 2018. Following on from the successful 1st ICSEF conference in London in April 2017, the 2018 will focus again on production, processing, distribution, retail, consumption and policy […]

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ICSEF conference proceedings online


The proceedings also include papers from the Symposium on Heat Recovery and Efficient Conversion and Utilisation of Waste Heat which followed ICSEF. The online proceedings also include an editorial from CSEF Director Professor Savvas Tassou and Dr Guiseppe Bianchi. Over 50 articles are included in the collection which is available […]

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CSEF i-ThERM October workshop


The Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) will run a one day workshop on 24th October entitled Industrial Thermal Energy Recovery, Conversion and Management (i-ThERM). The free event will be held at CSEF’s Brunel University site. Presentations will focus on heat recovery and conversion from high and […]

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Can bio-foam send polystyrene packing?


A new blog from the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) looks at a new form of bio-foam packaging that may reduce energy demand and waste. CSEF researchers are developing a novel process for cost-effective bio-foam production. Packaging foams such as polystyrene are derived from fossil fuels […]

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Cooking with (hydrogen) gas


A new CSEF blog reports on a project using solar power to create hydrogen as a cleaner, safer cooking fuel in developing countries. Researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF)’s Brunel University team report that in some countries using fossil fuels and biomass for preparing […]

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iCSEF conference report


CSEF’s first international conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains (iCSEF) was held on 19-21st April.  The event took place at the Beaumont Estate Hotel in Windsor and welcomed over 100 delegates from across the world.  The delegates took in over 70 papers and keynotes across the […]

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ICSEF 2017 Conference Programme

ICSEF 2017

Full details of the content of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains’ ICSEF 2017 international conference have been released. The event will take place from 19th – 21st April in Windsor, UK. The main themes of the conference will be production, retail, processing, consumptions, distributions and food […]

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A wolf in lamb’s clothing?

food chains

A blog on the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) site looks at the lifecycle of meat products and the energy used in producing them.  The blog is based on the work of a project entitled ‘A review of the energy consumption in the UK fresh meat […]

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New CSEF food energy website

food energy

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains have upgraded their website with a new layout and easier access to publications, profiles and news on food energy.   The site showcases the Centre’s work across its three institutions – Brunel University and the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester – […]

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Research Fellow in Energy Systems – Vacancy


The Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) is looking for a Research Fellow in Energy Systems – Waste Heat to Power Generation. The activities of the appointee will involve cycle modelling, both steady state and transient, to investigate performance characteristics, component sizing and control strategies, optimisation of […]

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CSEF International Conference 2017


The Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) will hold an international conference in April 2017 in Windsor, UK. The conference will bring together scientists and engineers working in the field of energy and resource use in food chains to report on the latest thinking, technologies and approaches […]

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New paper: Managing Energy in Food Supply Chains

Supermarket aisles

Members of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) Manchester team have recently published a new paper entitled ‘Trends and drivers of end-use energy demand and the implications for managing energy in food supply chains: Synthesising insights from the social sciences’. The paper appears in the Journal […]

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Waste heat project more than just hot air

Savvas Tassou

A new project linked to the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) will develop tools to convert low-temperature waste heat into electricity. The project will be lead by CSEF Director Professor Savvas Tassou at Brunel University and will work with industry partners Spirax Sarco, Howden Compressors and […]

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Featured people: Ximena Schmidt

Ximena Schmidt cropped

Dr Ximena Schmidt of the University of Manchester tells us about her work investigating life cycles of food and their environmental, economic and social implications. Dr Schmidt is part of the Centre for the Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF).   Read Ximena’s profile More EUED featured people More […]

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SIRACH gathering features four EUED Centres

SIRACH meeting

Representatives of the CEE, CSEF, DEMAND and I-STUTE centres contributed to the SIRACH networking meeting on 20th April. Entitled ‘Energy reduction and sustainability in the food chain’ the event was hosted by the CSEF Centre at Brunel University and led by Graeme Maidment and Judith Evans of i-STUTE. More details […]

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RCUK India Energy Demand workshop, New Delhi

India RCUK workshop

The CEE Centre’s Tadj Oreszczyn, i-STUTE’s Bob Critoph and CSEF’s Savvas Tassou were in India this week for a meeting set up by Research Councils UK India and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST). The purpose of the workshop (held in New Delhi on 22nd April) was to discuss […]

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Featured people: Lesh Gowreesunker


One of a series of profiles of people working in the End Use Energy Demand Centres and associated projects across the country. Name Dr Lesh Gowreesunker EUED Centre or Project Techno-economic modelling of the national UK food chain using the TIMES model (CSEF Centre) Tell us about your work My […]

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