Future Proofing Your Food and Drink Manufacturing Plant with CHP

Posted by Heather Foster on 27-Jan-2015 10:00:00


CHP needs to be sized correctly for maximum efficiency, particularly when future proofing your food and drink manufacturing plant.



Why the need to future proof?

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

The UK national population of 63.7 million is projected to reach 77 million by 2050.

To address the impact population growth will have on demand, the food and drink industry has taken steps to future proof its manufacturing capacity and food prices.

The Food and Drink Federation and the UK Government have already set a target for sustainable growth of 20% by 2020.

By introducing low-carbon technology such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), food and drink manufacturers will:

  • Cut their energy costs.
  • Improve the security of their energy supply.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions and improve their carbon footprint

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To get CHP plant ‘right first time’, it needs to be sized for maximum energy efficiency – meaning any existing inefficient energy use is eliminated and any future energy demands are calculated.    


Energy efficiency measures:

  • Maintain/replace/upgrade inefficient boilers – poorly operating boilers can add 30% to heating costs.
  • Fit pipework insulation.
  • Fit control sensors/timers to production plant - stop/start controls.                                
  • Fit high-efficiency/variable speed motors on pumps/fans - save 3%-5% on running costs.
  • Fit electrical power factor correction equipment to improve the site power factor and reduce equipment energy consumption.        
  • De-steam systems, which can be replaced with hot water systems, or upgrade inefficient steam boilers – CHP systems can also produce steam.

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Selecting the best size CHP plant.

With demand side and efficiency measures identified and sources of waste energy highlighted, produce a baseline energy usage model for your site.

The CHP plant can now be accurately sized to reflect your site’s future demands.



  • Check your energy profiles.
  • Identify areas where existing energy improvements can be made.
  • Investigate new energy efficiency improvement measures.
  • Undertake an assessment to confirm the savings you can make by installing CHP.

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Topics: CHP / Cogeneration, Food and Drink Manufacturing

Heather Foster

Heather Foster is a Corporate Account Manager at ENER-G Combined Power, a UK manufacturer of carbon reducing, energy efficient products exporting its cogeneration technology across the globe. Heather is a highly accomplished engineering professional, combining detailed technical knowledge with a wealth of service, operations and account management experience.