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Nestlé’s Onsite Anaerobic Digestion Uses It’s Own Waste to Supply 8% of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

British company Clearfleau built an onsite anaerobic digestion plant for Nestlé at its confectionery factory near Newcastle, UK. One year after commissioning, the plant is converting 53,000 gallons per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual bi-products and ingredients per annum. The biogas   …Continue Reading

Scotland Grocery Store Completes Energy Saving Retrofit

Karen Henry

Scotmid Co-operative unveiled its new energy saving store in Moredun in Edinburgh, Scotland, hailing it as one of the first major sustainability retrofits in the UK. Scotmid Moredun has been outfitted with a range of technologies to reduce energy consumption, including a building management system that uses real-time data to make efficient use of lighting,   …Continue Reading

Food Distributor Deploys 39 Fuel Cell Material Handling Trucks

Linda Hardesty

Golden State Foods has deployed 39 GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells from Plug Power in the material handling fleet at its new food distribution center in Illinois. The material handling vehicles include 11 class-2 stand-up reach lift trucks and 28 class-3 rider pallet trucks. Plug Power will also provide Golden State Foods with GenCare onsite maintenance and   …Continue Reading

Kellogg’s Mexicali Plant Saves 88% in Cooling Costs

Karen Henry

Kellogg’s has reduced energy consumption at its Mexicali, Mexico, food processing plant by 88 percent. The facility regularly deals with ambient temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Powered by Coolerado’s  heat mass exchange (HMX) cooling technology, Kellogg’s is experiencing an annual savings of $62,000 in cooling costs. Compared to a traditional system that would consume as much   …Continue Reading

Energy and Water Efficiency for Restaurants

Mark Masterson

Americans, unfortunately, are a wasteful culture. According to the USDA, food waste from stores, restaurants, and homes topped an estimated 133 billion pounds of food, about 30-40% of the entire food supply. That’s not just an environmental problem, it’s a social problem. For restaurateurs, it’s also an economic one. That’s why some restaurants are turning   …Continue Reading

Craft Beer Brewer Offsets Electricity Cost with Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Mich., installed a 40-kilowatt, 140-panel solar system, which “will completely offset the Brewery’s usage of electricity each year,” according to a spokesman for the company. Dark Horse purchased the fixed standing metal roof mounting systems from Patriot Solar Group. The brewer participates in the Green Breweries Project, along   …Continue Reading

Biogas CHP System Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

Yuengling Brewery based in Pottsville, Penn., is operating a 2G CENERGY 400ekW/h CHP cogeneration power plant, serving about 20 percent of Yuengling’s total electricity needs at the brewery. Methane gas is generated at the Yuengling Brewery wastewater treatment plant and at an anaerobic digester designed by Environmental Management Group.  2G CENERGY’s system cleans the raw biogas and turns this fuel   …Continue Reading

Grocer Picks Elster EnergyICT for Worldwide Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Supermarket giant Tesco has contracted with Elster EnergyICT to implement Elster’s energy management system across Tesco’s retail and distribution facilities in the UK, Europe and Asia. Tesco has selected Elster EnergyICT’s energy monitoring and management platform Enacto 9.3. The platform reveals hidden patterns in energy consumption helping to reduce energy use. The cloud-based Enacto 9.3   …Continue Reading

PECI’s Grocery Energy Efficiency Programs Have Saved 2.5B kWh

Linda Hardesty

The nonprofit group PECI says that from 2002 through 2014, its grocery energy efficiency programs nationwide have cumulatively saved more than 2.5 billion kWh as a result of many individual projects with grocers of all sizes across the country. The grocery market segment is particularly energy intensive and traditionally hard for utility energy efficiency programs   …Continue Reading

Open Case Refrigeration Wastes Tons of Energy

Linda Hardesty

On average, 75 percent of the energy used to operate open case refrigeration is wasted, according to Cool Flow Dynamics; a Sarasota, Fla.-based company that is developing an energy efficiency product for open-case display refrigerators used by food and beverage retailers. The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research finalized a funding agreement with   …Continue Reading

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