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Biomass energy centre for Dairy Crest

10 January 2011

Dalkia is delivering its energy generation and carbon efficiency capabilities to Dairy Crest by designing and installing a biomass energy centre at the Davidstow creamery in Cornwall

The new energy centre, which is powered using processed wood pellets, will help to meet the energy needs of the plant whilst reducing 84% of the site’s overall carbon emissions.

Due for completion by April 2011, the newly designed plant will be built, operated and maintained by Dalkia to ensure utility supplies continue to meet the needs of the site on a day to day basis, while working towards Dairy Crest’s commitment to reduce its emissions by 28% by 2020, as per the Carbon Trust’s long term proposal.

Once complete, the new plant will be one of the largest wood pellet burning installations for a dairy, using wood derived only from sustainable sources and supplied from Dalkia’s dedicated wood biomass plants. The process itself is simple – Dalkia transforms life expired wood from various sources, such as packaging, construction sites, furniture and waste wood depots, processing the wood to create clean pellets that can be burnt to create green energy.

As such, the estimated 10 million tonnes of waste wood sent to landfill every year is greatly reduced and helps to deliver a renewable and sustainable source of energy.

Chris Terrett, site General Manager at Dairy Crest Davidstow, commented, “An 84% reduction in carbon emissions is currently generated from fuel oil at site. At Dairy Crest we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and have stretching targets ahead of us.

“The biomass project is completely in line with our strategy and the feasibility study undertaken really opened our eyes to the opportunities it offers. The pasteurisation and whey drying process has a high demand for steam, currently provided by oil-fired boilers and Dairy Crest has been keen to find alternatives to oil to generate environmental improvements and drive cost reductions.

“The biomass energy centre will help Dairy Crest to meet its intensive energy demands crucial to the manufacture of is produce using a carbon neutral fuel.”

Ashley Malin, Head of Sales - Project Development at Dalkia, said: “Owing to the ongoing energy needs of Dairy Crest it is important to ensure that a reliable energy source is in place. The integration of the biomass boilers meets this need whilst helping to deliver significant environmental benefits in terms of achieving reductions to carbon emissions.

“To help ensure the plant runs at an optimum level of efficiency, Dalkia will be on hand to maintain the site making sure energy needs are met, providing a hands on approach to on-site energy production.”


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