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Edible-oil producer installs new heat exchanger to make good use of excess energy.
Bakels Edible Oils supplies oil products across New Zealand. They’re focused on producing fine foods while reducing their environmental impact.
The company has a refinery in Mount Maunganui. There, they use process heat to turn raw materials into oils. This uses a lot of energy, so the efficiency of their boiler system is essential.
To reduce waste and save money, the team installed a new heat exchanger. This captures excess steam and heat and returns both to heat the boiler. By recovering this energy, the company uses around 6% less natural gas and produces 5% less CO2.
“We believe that looking after our environment, our people and our finances often goes hand-in-hand,” says Ant Moess, Managing Director. “In 2020, we reduced our overall carbon footprint by 26%. And there’s still a lot more we can do.”