Refrigeration with less energy – Bonduelle


Refrigeration with less energy


On the agenda

A completely re-designed refrigeration system that consumes less energy

Cold goes green

When it comes to sustainable development, there are certain key moments in a company’s life. Replacing a piece of equipment is one of them. In many cases, it offers companies an opportunity to use a more efficient/secure product, take advantage of the technological breakthroughs that have taken place since the purchase of the original piece of equipment, and select more eco-friendly technology.

Refrigeration systems consume large amounts of energy. When the time came for the Reutlingen factory to change its 14-year-old model, its employees saw it as an opportunity to reduce their energy consumption.

387,500 kWh saved per year

They decided to purchase an ammonia refrigeration system. Ammonia has excellent thermal and thermodynamic capacities that are especially useful for high-powered installations like those used in the factory, which consumes several hundred kilowatts.

A highly-specialized system was chosen to do the job properly. The technology continually modulates the amount of refrigeration generated based on the environment (e.g. exterior temperature) and the factory’s co-generation system.

To go even further, a significant amount of equipment was renovated as well, including the entire peripheral distribution network. The new technology also consumed less energy.

As a result, the factory made substantial savings, specifically a 50% drop in energy expenditure! In terms of energy resources consumed at the source, the difference is truly significant.

Increased sustainability and efficiency

This initiative doesn’t only help the environment. In fact, the new system is more efficient and better suited to the demands of customers and the law. It also costs less because it uses less energy.

What is co-generation?

 Co-generation is one of the many solutions available for improving energy efficiency and achieving sustainable development. This method involves producing two forms of energy at the same site by recycling a type of waste that would otherwise be unused and considered as trash in another facility. In one example, the heat generated by the production of electricity can be recovered to heat water. This approach requires less energy, uses less combustible fossil fuels, and produces less CO2.