News Category: Opinion Piece

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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Unique heat exchanger increases resource efficiency by cutting process waste
March 19, 2018 Categories: Food - Opinion Piece - Trade Show News

Hall 10.2, Stand: D069 With resource efficiency topping the agenda at this year’s Anuga FoodTec show, HRS Heat Exchangers is shining a light on a forgotten area of wastage in food processing – food lost during cleaning cycles and production changes. The HRS R Series of scraped surface heat exchangers removes food residue, meaning that…

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Squeezing the myths on OJ pasteurization
March 14, 2018 Categories: Food - Opinion Piece

Around the world the demand for premium fresh and not-from-concentrate orange juice is buoyant, with chilled fresh products often bucking a general trend towards reduced juice consumption. With such products depending on the maintenance of high quality to support demand, we look at how the ‘flash pasteurization technique’ can help satisfy discerning consumers. Whether fresh…

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Getting the right recipe for heating food products
February 22, 2018 Categories: Food - Opinion Piece

Heat is fundamental to the food and drink industry. Processes such as cooking, drying and pasteurization are widely used in all but the most basic food manufacturing and processing situations, in sectors including dairy, fruit and vegetable processing, meat, prepared foods, brewing, dietary supplements and others. This demand for heating (and cooling) requires a large…

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Zero Liquid Discharge – removing liquid waste for good
February 16, 2018 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) is a technique whereby liquid waste streams from industrial plants are eliminated. These are instead replaced with clean water, which can be reused in the process, and the minimum amount of solid residues, which often include valuable by-products that can be sold or reused. ZLD is suitable for a wide range…

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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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Q&A Wastewater AD Industry
November 13, 2017 Categories: Environmental - Opinion Piece

1. Can you give me an overview of the range of the water/waste analysis/industry sectors you are involved with? HRS Heat Exchangers provides heat exchangers, pasteurizers and Digestate Concentration Systems to wastewater anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities. HRS’ customers and end-users include Southern Water, Severn Trent Water, Welsh Water, Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water, Wessex…

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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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Aseptic filling for fruit purees
October 19, 2017 Categories: Food - Opinion Piece

Aseptic filling is a key process in modern food and ingredient manufacturing, particularly for fruit purees and fillings. We recently installed an upgraded combined line to sterilize, cool and aseptically fill fruit purees for a UK client, and it provides a perfect illustration of how different equipment comes together to form a line capable of…

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How To… Specify a Heat Exchanger
August 23, 2017 Categories: Environmental - Food - Industrial - Opinion Piece - Pharmaceutical

Heat exchangers are a well established tool for the thermal processing of materials. They are used for cooking, pasteurisation and sterilisation, as well as for heating or cooling a range of products. When it comes to designing a heat exchanger, there are two main considerations. The first is to select the right type of heat…

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