Another solution, which is effectively at the interface between the process and filling sections, is warm filling. Right now, the beer is filled at eight degrees Celsius. The goal is to fill at 15 degrees Celsius. That would save cooling energy, which can then be put to use elsewhere in the operation. That also has a positive effect on both filling and from a supply perspective. “On the one hand, this makes it possible to save heating energy on the warmer and, on the other hand, additional water can be saved on the cleaning machine. Due to both the reduced cooling energy and the reduced heating energy, the supply technologies used can be operated more efficiently with fewer losses,” explains Matthias Heinl, Energy and Sustainability Consultant in the Sustainable Customer Solutions department.
Moreover, the technological optimization can be expected to yield considerable improvements in cleaning systems (pipe-clearing, times, temperatures) without the need for investment in new equipment.
"Following the energy assessment carried out by Krones, we were introduced to the Brewnomic package, from which we have already converted some quick wins and have now started work on the medium to longer term improvements. We look forward to exploring the Steinecker Phoenix BMC as we move towards an energy-independent, carbon-neutral brewery," says Widhura Nuwan, Senior Vice President Engineering at Lion Brewery.
The Krones team has always been proactive, transparent and professional in its support of Lion, and we look forward to their support in our sustainability journey, where 'Lion leaves no footprint' will soon become a reality.
Widhura NuwanSenior Vice President Engineering at Lion Brewery