The Synergie Environ team were engaged by one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fresh and prepared potatoes, to conduct an assessment of energy consumption and the feasibility of new low carbon generation, biogas production and energy efficiency measures. This project was completed as part of the Scottish Enterprise LCIP programme.

Our team conducted a detailed assessment of energy use at the site, detailing costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the company’s facility and refrigerated transport fleet. A number of viable energy saving opportunities were identified, including onsite wind and solar; heat recovery from steam peelers; and anaerobic digestion of stockfeed, peel waste and wastewater, with the produced biogas being used to generate heat and power onsite. The team also quantified several smaller energy saving initiatives that could act as “quick wins” for the company, such as gas submetering, cleaning skylights, high efficiency pump motors, electric forklifts, and heat recovery from refrigeration or wastewater.

In total, the measures identified by our team represented a potential saving of over £1,000,000 and 3,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

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