Solar solutions for brewery industry
The Brewery industry is a very heat intensive industry, with low temperature applications dominating the energy demand. Our collector T160 concentrates the sunlight making heat for industry processes such as washing, boiling, mashing, pasteurization and CIP.
Several processes require significant heating energy demand and solar heating can be implemented in multiple stages of production chain. The main heat carrier is low-pressure steam, generally below 5 bar.
Range of applications for solar heating
The Absolicon T160 solar collector have multiple areas for implementation in the brewery sector.
Clean in place, or CIP, refers to the cleaning of complete items of plant circuits without dismantling or opening the equipment. Solar heat can be supplied indirectly through a heat exchanger to the circulating fluids in the CIP station. The integration point is set prior to the conventional heat supply, thus ensuring that the set temperature of the CIP system is always reached .
For the pasteurization process solar heat can be supplied to the intermediate water circuit in the pasteurizer. The set pasteurization temperature is achieved by topping the solar heat with conventional steam prior to the supply.
The drying process plays a major role in the food and beverage processing chain. Industrial dryers require large amounts of heat, most commonly with steam or electric heating. The incoming air can be heated with solar energy prior to the conventional heating supply. This will ensure the highest possible collector efficiency, while ensuring that the set temperature of the air is reached.
Absolicon T160 Solar collector can be integrated to existing boiler system to reduce the energy cost. The integration points of highest interest are the make-up water, condensate, feedwater, and low-pressure steam. The highest possible solar system efficiency is achieved by prioritizing low temperature integrations points. Absolicon T160 can generate steam up to 160°C and 8 bar pressure.
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