Is the beverage industry too thirsty for energy?!

Energy prices will climb to record highs in 2022. Companies are also concerned about the security of their energy supply. This brings new impetus to topics that are already long-running issues on the strategic corporate agenda. It's about more sustainability through higher energy efficiency and lower CO₂ emissions. To achieve that, you need creative ideas. Above all, one question arises: What is the most efficient way to quench the beverage industry's thirst for energy? Modern drive technology from Danfoss Drives can do a lot for you. Take the example of the new teaching and experimental brewery at the Doemens Academy to see what is possible.

Ways to more sustainability in the beverage industry

Companies in the beverage industry face numerous challenges. Rising energy prices are putting pressure on margins. Politicians are setting guidelines in the area of ​​sustainability and more and more consumers are demanding products that are verifiably fair or organically produced. Not everything revolves around the end product itself. On the way to becoming a sustainable company, it is also important to make your own production processes energy-efficient. However, more sustainability starts at the gates of your own company. Because it is also important to optimize the supply chain in the direction of the lowest possible CO₂ emissions. 

In the video, Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber from the Doemens Academy, an internationally renowned training center for experts in the beverage industry, and Agata Fornasari from Danfoss Drives on ways to increase energy efficiency in beverage industry plants. The focus is on modern drive technology. With it, users can make all production steps more energy-efficient. Next you will learn how Danfoss itself high energy efficiency and low CO₂ emissions realized in our own production. The goal is CO₂ neutrality. benefit from it Not only within scope 1 and 2 of efficient and flexible drive technology, but also within scope 3 of one sustainably committed partners count.

Save energy: The glass is only half full

The production of beverages is energy-intensive. Using beer production as an example, the infographics show that although only a quarter of the energy consumed is electric, two-thirds of the energy costs are attributable to electricity. The electrical energy is used in all stations of the brewing process - from the malting to the bottling hall. Almost a fifth of the electricity consumption is incurred during filling. Of course, this can vary depending on the size of the company.

Nevertheless, the example makes it clear that it is worthwhile in the long term as well as economically if modern drive technology is used for bottling beverages. In the new technical center of the Doemens Academy, a combination of highly efficient central and decentralized frequency frequency converters and PM motors with IE5 classification drives the conveyor belts efficiently and flexibly. In this way, the inventory for spare parts can also be significantly reduced.

Read about the savings potential of the internationally renowned Doemen's Academy in their new teaching and experimental brewery with efficient and flexible drive technology from Danfoss. You can find more tips and in-depth knowledge about the smooth and energy-efficient use of separators in beverage production in the Tech Insight.

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Ways to more energy efficiency in the beverage industry

Would you like to make your beverage production more energy-efficient, but the way to get there is still a bit confusing?! An energy efficiency business plan can help here, with which you can cover the following areas and plan effectively:

  • Ways and means to reduce and optimize power consumption; this also includes the control of electricity demand
  • Efficient ways to avoid energy and product waste and product waste. This not only harms the environment, but also leads to unnecessary costs.
  • Strategies with which you can optimize the life cycle of devices and make maintenance and downtime plannable. This includes, for example, preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • The use of smart technologies such as smart manufacturing or digital remote monitoring systems that allow you to keep an eye on your production at all times and from anywhere in the world.

Energy efficiency: Speed ​​control is the be-all and end-all

Modern drive technology can make an important contribution to all of these points, so that you can increase the energy and cost efficiency potential in your beverage production. For example, the laws of affinity for centrifugal pumps and fans state that reducing motor speed by 25% reduces energy consumption by almost 60%. If the engine speed is reduced by 50%, the energy consumption is reduced by almost 90%. The speed control itself therefore offers a very good starting point for raising energy efficiency potential. Users of Danfoss drive technology even benefit twice: in addition to lower costs for more efficient energy consumption and less environmental pollution, the high return on investment just a few months after commissioning is a plus.

Also measures to smart maintenance Incidentally, they reduce energy consumption and costs in the beverage industry. With predictive maintenance with condition-based monitoring or the DrivePro Services – such as that digital remote monitoring – users ensure the availability of their production lines. You can find out everything that is possible when it comes to smart maintenance strategies for the beverage industry right here


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Why "air" also plays a major role

In production plants and especially in the beverage industry, air conditioning and building technology solutions are an essential factor for an efficient, energy-saving overall system. Together with our partner Novenco, a large manufacturer of fans, Danfoss has that 'EC+' concept developed. EC+ is a combination of an efficient fan with an efficiency of around 92%, a high-efficiency PM motor with an efficiency of around 95% and a frequency converter from Danfoss with an efficiency of 97%. This achieves an overall efficiency of around 85%. In the video, René Grywnow from Danfoss Drives explains exactly what role the speed control of fans and air conditioning technology plays in the beverage industry.

Example from the beverage industry:
How does a brewery quench its thirst for energy?

Brewers under pressure: Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber from Doemens Academy and René Grywnow from Danfoss Drives. Did brewers miss out on new technologies? In this episode of Torque - the podcast driving you, the two industry experts discuss new markets, new requirements, new technology and more energy efficiency in breweries. The podcast is only available in German.


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Reduce energy consumption = reduce CO₂ emissions

Energy efficiency plays the most important role in reducing CO₂ emissions. Because the less electricity is consumed, the less CO₂ is emitted. However, even the most modern methods of generating electricity still result in CO₂ emissions, albeit at a much lower level. Rule number 1 is therefore: The greenest and at the same time cheapest energy is the one that is not used in the first place. Of course, this also applies to the beverage industry.

Agata Fornasari from Danfoss Drives explains these connections in the video and shows how drive technology from Danfoss Drives plays a key role in optimizing energy consumption and reducing CO₂ emissions in users' bottling plants. An amazing reduction of about 35% - depending of course on the respective application - is possible.

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