News Category: Environmental

HRS Unicus Series: gentle processing of high fouling products
April 24, 2018 Categories: Environmental - Food - Industrial - Opinion Piece - Pharmaceutical

Heat exchangers are widely used across a range of industries, including food manufacturing, chemical processing, water treatment and renewable energy production. As well as basic heating and cooling, they are used for a wide range of other processes including pasteurization, sterilization, crystallization and evaporation. With so many uses, and an almost infinite number of materials…

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Fuelling the UK’s green gas revolution
April 11, 2018 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

The use of biomethane as a transport fuel is an exciting prospect, but to date development of the necessary infrastructure in the UK has been disappointing. A report last year¹ showed using biomethane could reduce well-to-wheel (WTW) CO2e emissions in road transport by between 35% and 88% depending on the vehicles and lifecycle analysis used….

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Efficient heat use can help cut agricultural emissions
January 18, 2018 Categories: Environmental - Food - Opinion Piece

The last detailed study of heat use in the agricultural industry was carried out almost 10 years ago*, but it showed that UK farmers used almost 2,200 GWh of heat each year, and that heating accounted for 37 % of the total energy used in agriculture. When horticulture (greenhouses and nurseries) are added, these figures…

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Increasing efficiency within the wastewater AD industry
October 27, 2017 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

Over the years, different wastewater companies have adopted different approaches to sludge treatment, but there is now a trend towards anaerobic digestion (AD) and away from incineration. In the UK, the number of AD facilities for sludge treatment has grown 12% from 2010-2015. Those 159 plants generated 25% more energy during the same period*. This…

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Fighting climate change with anaerobic digestion
April 5, 2017 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

The scientific consensus on climate change is now well established. 2016 was the warmest year on record, and it is clear that in order to avoid the very worst effects of climate change, we need to use every available tool to decarbonize as many aspects of society as possible, from energy generation and transport, through…

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Maximizing the biomethane opportunities for sewage
March 14, 2017 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

In the UK, the wastewater treatment sector has used both aerobic and anaerobic treatment for many years. It is therefore not surprising that when the Renewables Obligation (RO) was introduced in April 2002 (April 2005 in Northern Ireland), sewage sludge anaerobic digestion (AD) plants were well placed to become among the first facilities accredited under…

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