AB and Galbani, market leaders united by energy efficiency

Continued growth on a national and international level whilst firmly maintaining the principles of high quality as part of a “green” policy of energy efficiency: these are the common denominators […]

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By george marshall

Continued growth on a national and international level whilst firmly maintaining the principles of high quality as part of a “green” policy of energy efficiency: these are the common denominators of two companies such as AB and Galbani, leaders in their respective market areas.

In consideration of the very high electricity and heat energy requirements of production processes and in order to rationalise the use of fossil fuels, with the consequent energy savings and improvement of the environment in terms of greenhouse gases, Galbani, part of the Lactalis Italia Group – undisputed leader in the dairy produce market – has installed three AB CHP plants at the production sites in Cortelona (Pavia), Giussago (Pavia) and the Lacto Siero site in Bozzolo (Mantua).

Orzinuovi (Brescia), February 25, 2016 – The agro-industrial and industrial dairy companies are great “consumers” of heat and electricity within their production chain, which has a great impact on both their electricity bills and on the environment. Therefore, CHP is the ideal solution to cope with the demands of these industries.

Galbani, the world’s leading brand of Italian cheeses, is part of the Lactalis Group, undisputed leader in the Italian dairy produce market and one of the leading players in the cured meats market, markets over 500 products and is present in over 120 countries. The Group pays careful attention not only to the quality and excellence of its products, but also to energy efficiency and to safeguarding the environment; for this reason, it has chosen AB, international market leader in its field, to design and create the CHP plants for its production sites in Giussago, Bozzolo and Cortelona. The electricity produced by the three systems will be used entirely by the production sites, as will the heat energy, with considerable savings on both a financial level and in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

AB Plants – Corteolona

Activity of the Galbani plant in Corteolona is focused on the production and packaging of mozzarella, gorgonzola, confectionery products for desserts, ricotta and whey concentrate. The plant from the ECOMAX® Natural Gas range (ECOMAX® 33HE) is fuelled by natural gas and is a modular container solution with total nominal power at full charge of 3,349 kWe and total thermal power input of 7,642 kW.

The new plant produces electricity which, excluding that consumed by auxiliary equipment, is consumed entirely by the company’s production site, whilst the heat energy produced by the flue gas and engine cooling system is used by the company for technological purposes, in the form of steam and hot water.

The operating time of the CHP plant is approximately 6,000 h/year.

This new plant joins other less recent designs by AB: 2 x ECOMAX® 14 NGS, again from the ECOMAX® Natural Gas range and 1 x ECOMAX® 5 BIO from the ECOMAX® Biogas range.

Characteristics of the Corteolona CHP Plant

LHV natural gaskWh/Nm39,5
Natural gas consumptionNm3/h785
Power inputkW7,462
Mechanical power outputkW3,341
Electrical power outputkWe3,349
Thermal power recovered from engine cooling (hot water)kWt1,927
Thermal power recovered from flue gas cooling to 120°C (steam)kWt1,120
Actual electrical energy efficiency%44.9
Actual thermal energy efficiency%40.8
Total actual energy efficiency%85.7

 

AB Plants – Giussago

The ECOMAX® 14NGS plant is fuelled by natural gas and is a modular container solution with total nominal power at full charge of 1,489 kWe and total thermal power input of 3,572 kW.

The new plant produces electricity which, excluding that consumed by auxiliary equipment, is consumed entirely by the company’s production site, whilst the heat energy produced by the flue gas and engine cooling system is used by the company for technological purposes, in the form of steam and hot water.

The operating time of the CHP plant is approximately 5,500 h/year.

Characteristics of the Giussago CHP Plant

LHV natural gaskWh/Nm39,5
Natural gas consumptionNm3/h376
Power inputkW3,572
Mechanical power outputkW1,529
Electrical power outputkWe1,489
Thermal power recoveredkWt1,579
Actual electrical energy efficiency%41.7
Actual thermal energy efficiency%44.2
Total actual energy efficiency%85.9

 

AB Plants – Bozzolo
The plant at the Lacto Siero site, Lactalis Group, in Bozzolo is an ECOMAX® 20 HE fuelled by natural gas and is a modular container solution with total nominal power at full

charge of 2,004 kWe and total thermal power input of 4,447 kW.

The new plant produces electricity which, excluding that consumed by auxiliary equipment, is consumed entirely by the company’s production site, whilst the heat energy produced by the flue gas and engine cooling system is used by the company for technological purposes, in the form of steam and hot water.

The operating time of the CHP plant is approximately 8,200 h/year.

Characteristics of the Bozzolo CHP Plant

LHV natural gaskWh/Nm39.5
Natural gas consumptionNm3/h471
Power inputkW4,477
Mechanical power outputkW2,058
Electrical power outputkWe2,004
Thermal power recoveredkWt1,844
Actual electrical energy efficiency%0.44
Actual thermal energy efficiency%0.41
Total actual energy efficiency%0.85

 

AB

Founded by Angelo Baronchelli in Orzinuovi (Brescia, Italy) in 1981, AB (www.gruppoab.com) operates in the fields of cogeneration and the promotion of renewable sources. Today AB is the global reference of cogeneration, thanks to its external modular systems. As of today over 1,000 plants equivalent to a total nominal electric power exceeding 1,300 MW have been installed. In recent years, production capacity has quadrupled and the number of employees has exceeded 600 units. AB is now present with subsidiaries in Poland, Serbia, Croatia, as well as in Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Austria, Brazil, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Canada, USA, Israel, Russia, Turkey and recently in Mexico.

GALBANI

Galbani is a world of quality and tradition that has been close to consumers for over 130 years. Careful selection of raw materials and attention to production processes, focusing on innovation in respect of national culture and culinary traditions and the vast range of products that satisfies the widest variety of demands give Galbani products a fundamental role in the kitchen of every Italian household. Since its foundation in 1882, Galbani seeks and successfully achieves, in every activity it undertakes, the value of trust, which is the enduring and distinguishing feature of the company. Since 2006, Galbani has been part of Groupe Lactalis, the French group that is the world’s leading producer of dairy products, with a turnover of 17 billion Euros and 75,000 employees the worldwide. In 2007, the Gruppo Lactalis Italia was founded, which brings together the world of Galbani with other Italian companies already part of the French group, with the brands Invernizzi, Cademartori, Locatelli and the group’s historical brand, Président. Gruppo Lactalis Italia is the undisputed leader of the Italian dairy produce market and is one of the leading players on the cured meats market. It markets over 500 products and is present in over 120 countries, thanks to Galbani, the world’s leading brand of Italian cheeses.

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