Energy Efficient Food Processing Solutions
The last twelve months have seen unprecedented activity in global energy and food markets. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 brought home not only the importance of UK and European energy security, but also how closely linked the world’s food and energy chains are. With rising energy and input prices affecting everyone from raw material suppliers to packaging manufacturers, logistics providers and retailers, the importance of energy efficient processing solutions has never been higher.
Many processes in food production, such as pasteurization or sterilization, have a high energy requirement due to their use of heat. However, the amount of energy required can be significantly influenced by the equipment used. HRS Heat Exchangers have more than 40 years’ experience in improving the efficiency of heat transfer and food processing.
Because of the energy intensive nature of these processes, energy (gas, electricity or other fuel) is usually the largest operating cost, meaning energy efficiency is a key factor when choosing equipment. A difference of 5-10% in thermal efficiency will quickly translate into direct savings in energy or running costs. A doubling or tripling of wholesale energy prices means that the payback period may reduce by half or even more.
The high efficiency of HRS designs provides the shortest possible payback. One recent system using a waste water stream from a cooker, had a payback period of less than 90 days, and saved more than 500 kg of CO2e a day.
Whether you are looking for stand-alone equipment or complete packaged systems, HRS produces a wide range of equipment and systems, including:
- Corrugated tube and scraped surface heat exchangers
- Pasteurizers and sterilizers
- In-Place Cleaning systems (CIP & SIP)
- Aseptic fillers
- Direct steam injection sterilisers
- Concentration & evaporation systems
- Ice crushers & melters
- Hydraulic piston pumps
- Air removal (deaeration) systems
- … and more, including bespoke systems
Our equipment includes hygienic corrugated tube and scraped-surface heat exchanger designs which are particularly suitable for highly viscous products, ensuring efficient heat transfer and operation. Options such as heat regeneration provide the highest levels of energy efficiency – saving money & carbon – while features such as remote monitoring and telemetry are standard.
Throughout 2022 the HRS Heat Exchangers team attended a number of trade shows around the world, often meeting new and existing clients for the first time since the pandemic. Throughout the year the team wore distinctive orange trainers, making them instantly recognisable not only on the stand, but also when out and about at the shows.
To learn more about our wide range and to discuss your particular requirements, please visit HRS Heat Exchangers on Stand G91 at Foodex Manufacturing Solutions on 24-26 April 2023 at the NEC, Birmingham, or simply look for the people wearing orange shoes!