Aqua Cooling has installed its state-of-the-art, energy-efficient cooling technology at a leading dairy product manufacturer’s West Wales production plant on the edge of Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire in a deal worth more than half a million pounds.
The specialist engineering firm, which has offices in Fareham and York, was called in by Dairy Partners to supply energy-saving technology to cool its pasteurisation and mozzarella process and to upgrade its previous system.
Dairy Partners is a privately owned, milk processor that produces and exports a variety of pizza cheeses from milk supplied by contracted farmers. Products include the Danscorella brand mozzarella and pizza cheeses.
Previously, the cooling system at its West Wales cheese making plant comprised of two conventional refrigeration systems and one ammonia chiller unit. Aqua replaced these systems with inverter-driven screw compressor technology, enabling the chillers to operate at part-load with high efficiency and ensuring that the minimum-required energy is used at all times.
Aqua also installed a water-to-water heat pump to reclaim heat from the plant and re use it for pre boiler feed for the steam plant and heating wash down water to enhance efficiency. By using waste heat from the process it is able to save considerable amounts of energy and money and with the governments RHI scheme (renewable heat initiative) helped bring the payback for the system into a commercially viable option.
Simon Davis, Sales Director at Aqua Cooling, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Dairy Partners was eager to invest in long-term renewable energy — energy-efficiency and environmental responsibility are extremely important to the way we work as a business. The company has been a joy to work with and we’re proud that, as a client, Dairy Partners trusts us to provide a high-quality solution focusing on long-term benefits. We have very much enjoyed becoming even more familiar with the food manufacturing industry, especially as this is a business sector that is so important to the UK economy.”
Aqua’s state-of-the-art technology is already bringing rewards for its client. The project, which cost just over £600,000, has enabled Dairy Partners to participate in a number of money-saving and environmentally-friendly ‘green energy’ programmes including the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive grant scheme and the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund.
“This is an excellent result for Dairy Partners. At Aqua we are passionate about energy-efficiency and strive to ensure that as many businesses as possible cool their industrial processes in an efficient, effective and environmentally friendly way,” said Simon.
Aqua Cooling has won a number of awards for its innovative technology, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) for its patented Leak Prevention System (LPS).