GEA offers Sustainable Energy Solutions to improve plant efficiency

Due to a growing number of rules and regulations, GEA notes, there is a need for the industry to reduce its carbon footprint and become more energy efficient overall

GEA's Sustainable Energy Solutions (SEnS) integrate processes and utilities (refrigeration and heating) solutions, designed to reduce the customer’s energy footprint and running costs, without compromising output or the bottom line.

"SEnS supports customers in the food processing, dairy and beverage industries, helping them achieve their climate goals by making them more sustainable," said Kai Becker, CEO Refrigeration Technology Division. The company plans to strengthen its SEnS offering in 2021. Using this approach, it will promote the increased adoption of sustainable solutions which drive down energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions.

“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. By connecting heat pump technology to manufacturing processes, the GEA experts ensure energy is moving circularly, rather than being wasted", said Ulrich Walk, Chief Service Officer, Refrigeration Technologies.

Each GEA SEnS project includes a single point of contact to help ensure customers reduce their carbon footprint. The SEnS 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 & cooling) expertise. Each project considers the customer’s business parameters and ambitions, formulated as measurable KPIs, against which the installation aims to deliver.

When it comes to plant upgrades, GEA recommends that customers should integrate its services as early as possible in the design process. Doing so can mitigate potential frustrations later on, the company says, as the solution will be more closely aligned with expectations at an early stage. Early involvement will also lead to more cost-efficiency, GEA says.

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