GEA has clinched a contract to supply a new, environmentally-friendly refrigeration system – which will be Scotland’s first large-scale plant combining biomass heat and absorption chilling – at one of Britain’s leading ice cream producers.
As part of a GBP4.5m project, the luxury ice cream brand Mackie’s of Scotland will replace existing freezing equipment at its Aberdeenshire facility with GEA’s ammonia-based, low carbon, energy-efficient refrigeration system that incorporates an Absorption Chiller – an innovative solution that will help Mackie’s to target ambitious CO2 reductions of 90% and energy cost savings of 70-80%.
Mackie’s green initiative involves replacing the gases used in its refrigeration plants from HCFC – which have a very high global warming potential – to ammonia, an environmentally-friendly refrigerant that has no impact on global warming or ozone depletion.
GEA has teamed up with German company AGO to supply the Absorption Chiller for Mackie’s plant. AGO has carried out two projects in the UK so far using this technology and both times GEA was the refrigeration contractor. It was via this relationship that AGO recommended GEA to Mackie’s.
The design of the system has been completed and GEA has assisted Mackie’s in preparation for the installation works as the take-home ice cream manufacturer has not undertaken a project of this magnitude before.
“Designing an ammonia system for a site that has no previous experience of this refrigerant has involved taking time to guide Mackie’s in the correct regulations and procedures that have to be adhered to. GEA has a wealth of experience in designing and installing systems utilizing this technology,” Scott White, GEA’s sales manager said.