Dr Alan Foster

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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Air Conditioning & Referigeration

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Dr Alan Foster is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Air Conditioning & Referigeration with a general interest in heat transfer and fluid dynamics related to food refrigeration. Dr Foster's current interests are in refrigerated retail display, cold storage and application of CFD modelling in these areas. 

Alan also previously worked at the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre at the University of Bristol before joining LSBU in 2009.

Alan is currently involved in the FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers' Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimisation along the cold chain in Europe) European project.  His roles within the project are improving retail display cabinets and development of a novel close temperature controlled retail display cabinet.

Since working at LSBU, he has also;

  • Developed user friendly cold store energy models for the ICE-E (Improving Cold storage Equipment in Europe) European project;
  • and helped The Carbon Trust develop a refrigeration road map to allow supermarkets to reduce their carbon emissions.

Most recent publications

Foster, A and Evans, J and Maidment, GG Benchmarking of supermarket energy consumption. In: 5th International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 06 April 2018 - 08 April 2018, Beijing, China,.

Foster, A and Negro, D and Varga, L and Hu, Y and Fikiin, K and Evans, J Financial viability of liquid air energy storage applied to cold storage warehouses.. In: 5th IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 06 April 2018 - 08 April 2018, Beijing, China.

Negro, D and Brown, T and Foster, A and Damas, A and Tovar Ramos, JE and Evans, J Modelling of liquid air energy storage applied to refrigerated cold stores. In: 5th IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain (ICCC 2018), 06 April 2018 - 08 April 2018, Beijing, China.

Fikiin, K and Stankov, B and Evans, J and Maidment, GG and Foster, A and Brown, T and Radcliffe, J and Youbi-Idrissi, M and Alford, A and Varga, L and Alvarez, G and Ivanov, IE and Bond, C and Colombo, I and Garcia-Naveda, G and Ivanov, I and Hattori, K and Umeki, D and Bojkov, T and Kaloyanov, N Refrigerated warehouses as intelligent hubs to integrate renewable energy in industrial food refrigeration and to enhance power grid sustainability. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 60. 96-103. DOI 10.1016/j.tifs.2016.11.011

Liu, G and Xie, R and Foster, A and Ruigui, Q and Li, J Experimentation on Air Leakage Characteristics and Key Paremeters Analysis of Refrigerated Transport Unit. Transactions of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery, 10.

Evans, J and Maidment, GG and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Foster, A Carbon reduction opportunities for supermarkets. IRHACE journal,

Evans, JA and Maidment, GG and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Foster, A Carbon reduction opportunities for supermarkets. In: 4th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 07 April 2016 - 09 April 2016, Auckland, New Zealand.

Evans, JA and Maidment, GG and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Foster, A Supermarket energy use and greenhouse gas emissions – technology options review. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Refrigeration, 03 March 2016, London.

Evans, J and Ge, YT and Tassou, SA and Foster, A and Maidment, GG Evaluation of Supermarket Energy Use and Emissions with Various Technology Options. In: Proceedings of IOR, 03 March 2016, Solihul.

Foster, A and Reinholdt, L and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Evans, JA Reducing energy consumption in cold stores using a freely available mathematical model. Sustainable Cities and Society, 21. 26 - 34. DOI 10.1016/j.scs.2015.11.006

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Alan is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IMechE.

 
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