Quorn Foods integrate CHP technology in major sustainability push

Global resource management company, Veolia, is helping Quorn Foods advance their sustainability goals by delivering energy using combined heat and power (CHP) technology.

As the first global brand in their sector to achieve Carbon Trust certification of its carbon footprint figures, Quorn Foods will now be able to guarantee the energy needs of the production facilities and reduce carbon emissions by a further 3,100 tonnes per year.

With the focus on further reducing the carbon footprint, Veolia will design and install a 2MWe CHP unit and combination boiler that will provide low carbon electricity, hot water and steam to the production facility at Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

Quorn, part of the Monde Nissin Corporation,  is the UK’s number one meat free brand with sales of around £150m, and increasing the energy efficiency is part of a £30m investment to boost production and drive growth.

The CHP will deliver around 13GWh of electricity each year which will take pressure off the local electricity infrastructure and provide stable energy costs that are less susceptible to energy market price changes.

Also included in the contract is  a 10 year operation and maintenance service, provided by the nationwide service teams and this will guarantee availability on a 24/7 basis.

Commenting on this latest CHP application, Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s COO Public and Commercial states that by integrating the firm’s CHP technology into their plant Quorn is “demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to helping them achieve even greater carbon savings.”

“Cogeneration systems make a real difference in delivering the energy needed to maintain modern production facilities, and this will add to over 70MWe of Veolia CHP which annually save over 158,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions for UK industry,” he said.

The Veolia CHP is one of the new lean burn units that deliver the high electrical efficiency required to support this type of production process. By harnessing the heat produced in the generating process and reducing transmission over long distances by being site based, the CHPs save energy and carbon emissions. This makes them typically twice as energy efficient as grid supplied electricity and separate heat plant.

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