Industry optimisation provides sustainable energy solutions

Monday, 15 February, 2021

Industry optimisation provides sustainable energy solutions

GEA Sustainable Energy Solutions (SEnS) is focusing on process and utility optimisation to help its customers benefit from energy savings of up to 30% and reductions in CO2 emissions by as much as 90 or even 100%.

By integrating process, refrigeration and heating solutions, GEA can develop optimisation strategies for customers in diverse industries. Numerous successfully completed SEnS projects reveal that these optimisations reduce customers’ energy footprints and running costs, without compromising output or the bottom line.

Energy efficiency in industry is a vital component to achieving emissions-reduction targets. According to the United Nations, energy efficiency offers a potential 40% of the emission reductions required to help meet global climate goals. Due to a growing number of rules and regulations and its own climate targets, there is an absolute need for the industry to reduce its carbon footprint and become more energy efficient overall. With cooling and heating traditionally accounting for 50–90% of a plant’s entire energy consumption, it’s the ideal starting point for GEA’s SEnS initiative.

“SEnS supports customers in the food processing, dairy and beverage industries, helping them achieve their climate goals by making them more sustainable,” CEO Refrigeration Technology Division Kai Becker said. ”As a global industrial technology provider, GEA will continue to strengthen its SEnS offering in 2021. Using the SEnS approach, GEA will promote the increased adoption of sustainable solutions, which drive down energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions while helping customers from diverse industry sectors slash their operational costs.”

“GEA has developed a structured holistic and proven approach that begins with analysing the customer’s precise energy requirements, then making process optimisations and including utilities in the equation,” Chief Service Officer Refrigeration Technologies Ulrich Walk said. “By connecting heat pump technology to manufacturing processes, the GEA experts ensure energy is moving circularly, rather than being wasted.”

Each GEA SEnS project includes a single point of contact. The process is backed up by a cross-functional engineering team with experts from dairy, food or beverage processing as required, as well as team members with refrigeration (heating and cooling) expertise in diverse processing industries. Each project considers the customer’s business parameters and ambitions, formulated as measurable KPIs, against which the installation must deliver.

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