Caterpillar distributor releases dedicated CHP technology guides for food industry
A series of five sector-specific guides on how the food processing industry can take advantage of combined heat and power (CHP) technology to cut energy bills and emissions has been released by Finning UK & Ireland (Finning), the sole distributor of Caterpillar engines in the UK.
The guides show how CHP systems can boost the efficiency of food processors, including dairies, bakeries, meat plants, fruit and vegetable processors and animal feed manufacturers.
According to Finning, CHP technology represents an ideal way for the industry to cut its costs and improve its environmental performance. It’s particularly suited to the challenges posed by food processing plants, such as long operating hours, high simultaneous electricity and heat demands, and energy costs that make up a significant part of annual budgets.
By taking advantage of heat that is wasted in conventional power generation a CHP unit can achieve an overall efficiency of up to 80% – compared to a maximum of around 40% for a coal-fired plant. This means that organisations using CHP can not only cut carbon emissions, but can save businesses as much as 40% on their energy bills, which will often be one of the biggest costs for food manufacturers.
As well as producing heat, CHP technology can also provide a highly efficient way to chill products. This is called Trigeneration, or Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP).
Nigel Thompson, sales manager, Gas Power Solutions, Finning, said: “The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It has a turnover of £95.4bn and exports almost £19.5bn of products every year. However, it’s also an extremely energy intensive industry, which is struggling with rising energy costs.
“We hope that our sector-specific guides will highlight the benefits of CHP technology and help the industry as a whole to reduce emissions and energy costs, both of which are becoming increasingly important to our customers.”