GEA supplies heat recovery system to Britvic10 October 2023

GEA heat recovery system Britvic

GEA is supplying a heat recovery system to Britvic’s factory in London, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by an estimated 1,200 tonnes.

At its Beckton site, Britvic is said to produce 2,000 drinks every minute, including many of the UK's most popular beverages such as Robinsons, Tango and Pepsi MAX. GEA is supplying two industrial ammonia heat pumps and a large thermal storage tank.

Britvic will convert much of its process heating from natural gas steam boilers to a carbon-free heat recovery systems driven by heat pumps. The new heat recovery system reuses low temperature waste heat from the existing production system. This waste heat was previously released into the atmosphere and will now be used to heat hot water to 92°C, which will be distributed throughout the plant. Britvic said this will decarbonise 50% of the site's heat demand by using less gas in the traditional steam boilers, shifting the heat source away from fossil fuels. A valved connection is provided for up to 750 kW of heat which will be recovered in the future from other sources.

Matthew Hadwen, beverage sales manager at GEA’s liquid & powder technologies division, said: “Upgrading legacy industrial steam heating systems and integrating these with heat pump technology is a challenge. At GEA, we can supply heat pumps and integrated process heat exchanger skids as one solution.”

For Britvic, the project is a step toward its goal of reducing direct carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025 and achieving net zero by 2050.

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