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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Heat recovery potential in small food factory refrigeration

Great recovery! Making the case for investing in chillers with heat recovery potential Payback can be as fast as two years Refrigeration systems cannot make heat disappear – they just move it from...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
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New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Biomass boiler cuts CO2 emissions at French cheese factory...

A biomass bonus Cleaner biomass boiler and energy recovery equipment cuts annual CO2 emissions by 7 000 tonnes and energy bills by 40 % Installation creates a full-time job and supports local economy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Optimising heat recovery in fish-drying process saves money

The heat is on... too high! Energy audit reveals energy wastage in key fish-drying process Focusing on improvements along two workstations recovers € 67 700 per year in lost heat Copalis is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 0.7 - 0.8 Year(s)
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Heat recovery in ventilation system

Heat recovery in ventilation system saves €32000 a year No need for a new installation The German company Fischer Surface Technologies GmbH with about 110 employees is specialised in electroplating...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 4 Year(s)
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Reusing heat from compressors in Germany

Don't waste that heat! Installing a heat-recovery system helps the company save on power and gas 66 000 kWh of energy and 57 tonnes of CO2 emissions savings per year The German company Wayand AG...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.9 Year(s)
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis for exchanging heat

A win-win arrangement for neighbouring factories Industrial symbiosis between neighbouring businesses saves on energy and cuts emissions Waste heat from a metal plant is piped into a nearby malt...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy optimisation using a heat exchanger in a German brewery

An energy-saving brew A brewery renewed its plant technology and implemented energy-efficiency measures The investment of € 1.8 million led to a yearly cost reduction of € 238 526 C. & A. Veltins...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy-efficient refrigeration saves money at...

Lessons for all plants with cooling rooms A German meat-processing plant installed an interconnected refigeration system to reduce energy costs Yearly cost reduction of up to € 67 000 and CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy efficiency as competitive advantage

Rethinking energy intenstive operations pays off Laundry learns that being green can be cost-effective too Operating costs are kept down through waste-heat use and biodegradable detergents reduce the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Supermarket of the future

How cost-efficiency and sustainability can get along in big chains ... Major cost-conscious supermarket chain sets sights on sustainability too Eco-efficient lighting, heating, ventillation,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost