Samantha Mudie

Project Title:Sam Hearnshaw TSBE EngD Student

Energy Reduction in Food Preparation

Partner Organisation:

Mitchells & Butlers

First Supervisor:

Dr Maria Vahdati

Second Supervisor:

Prof Alistair Grandison

Project Description:

This research topic will produce a theoretical and practical evaluation of the minimum energy consumption within food preparation at Mitchells and Butlers commercial kitchens. The project will investigate different topics such as the possible utilisation of heat pumps to upgrade the energy removed during refrigeration for heating purposes, examine the benefit of particulate removal from extract hoods and identify energy reductions in menu design, cooking and storage methods. Suitable modelling and analysis techniques such as lab tests and computational tools are to be used to assess energy performance and air movement within a range of kitchens.

Project Poster:

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Student Profile:

I have always been passionate about the environment and the natural world. During my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry I became involved in many voluntary associations surrounding the issues of energy reduction, waste management and wildlife preservation. I geared my dissertation towards my environmental interests by studying the chemical effects of increasing Boron in soil, water and plant matter due to the Boron stores released in the melting of the Andes ice caps. After a year of voluntary placements abroad with a range of environmental groups I returned to the UK to work.
Whilst working at an environmental testing laboratory and holding an energy management position I became involved with the UK Youth Climate Coalition which afforded me the opportunity to develop national campaigns involving MPs and banking reform to support the growth of renewables in the UK. I represented the UK youth at the UN climate negotiations in 2010 and worked on the Energy Bill. I went on to study an MSc in Sustainable Development where my love of academia coupled with the desire to develop low energy, sustainable solutions within industry led me to the discovery of the EngD programme at Reading .

Associated/Relevant Research Groups/Centres:

UKERC, IET, Energy Institute

Funding:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Expected Completion Date:

Summer 2015

Why did you choose Reading?:

"After previously working in Government and NGOs and funding my MSc part time, I realised that Industry often sets the curve for the trend towards a clean energy future; the Industry based EngD offers the chance to see immediate practical applications of front line of energy research, industry experience and business skills as well as a realistic salary. Reading provides a great team atmosphere, support and direction as well as relevant and interesting MSc modules."

Qualifications:

Chemistry BSc (HONS)

Publications

Journal Papers

  • Mudie, S.A., Essah, E. A., Grandison, A. and Felgate, R. (2013) Electricity use in the commercial kitchen. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, September 26, 2013 doi:10.1093/ijlct/ctt068

Conference Papers

  • Mudie, S. A., Essah, E.A, Grandison, A. and Felgate, R. (2013) Benchmarking energy use in licensed restaurants and pubs. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 11-12 April 2013, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
  • Mudie, S.A., Essah, E. A., Grandison, A. and Felgate, R. (2013) Electricity use in the commercial kitchen. In: APEC conference on low carbon towns and energy storage, 25-26 May 2013, Changsha, China.
  • Mudie, S. A., Essah, E., Grandison, A. and Felgate, R. (2013) Energy benchmarking in commercial kitchens. In: 11th REHVA World Congress & 8th International Conference on IAQVEC (CLIMA 2013), 16-19 June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Mudie, S.A., Essah, E. A., Grandison, A. and Felgate, R. (2013) Electricity use in the commercial kitchen. In: TSBE Conference, 4th July 2013, University of Reading, Berkshire.

Book chapters

Other

  • SET for Britian Engineering Category Finalist, March 2013
    "What's Cooking", CIBSE Journal, October 2013 (Industry Publication)

Engagement

  • "CIBSE Guide B - Heating, ventilation and air conditioning" 2013 update peer reviewer.
    Session Chair "Energy Consumption" APEC conference on low carbon towns and energy storage, 25-26 May 2013, Changsha, China.

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