Food Manufacturer Benefits from Oil-free Air, Heat Recovery and Rebate
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? If you had a bowl of cereal with milk, your breakfast was touched in some way by compressed air. In food manufacturing, compressed air is used in processes such as ingredient mixing, pneumatic conveyance and packaging, among others. Because the air touches the final product in many food manufacturing applications, the air must be clean and free of any potential contaminants.
Heat Recovery Substantially Reduces Natural Gas Bills
Considering that the cost of electricity to power compressors can be as high as 40 percent of a plant’s electricity bill, reducing energy consumption is a simple way to contribute positively to the bottom line.
An innovative way to reduce energy consumption is to capitalize on the heat by-product of air compression to defray the costs of other necessary food manufacturing processes. Because the cereal manufacturer uses large volumes of steam in the cereal making process, water is continually added to the gas-fired boiler. With energy recovery, the water can flow through a heat exchanger that captures the heat of compression from an Atlas Copco oil-free air compressor which heats the water to the desired temperature.
With energy recovery, manufacturers can typically recover 80-105% of the original electrical input energy used to power the air compressor.
Energy Rebates from the Utility Provider Reduces Capital Costs
Is your facility ready for an upgrade?
To learn if your facility is ready for an upgrade, look to your utility provider or a third-party auditor to perform a comprehensive energy audit of the compressed air system. You can also learn more about Atlas Copco oil-free air compressors for food manufacturing and energy recovery systems by visiting the Atlas Copco website, or fill out our request form below and a representative will be in touch with shortly.
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- Erik Arfalk, Vice President, Communications & Branding
Atlas Copco Compressors, LLC