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Anuga FoodTec 2018 will approach the topic of technologies in the food and beverage industries that need to reduce energy consumption in production processes. 

Energy turnaround is a hot topic, according to the organizers of Anuga Food Tec. One example they offer is that of the German bakery Malzers in Gelsenkirchen, for whom this principle has long since become everyday routine. For EUR2.5m, the industrial bakery installed a gas-driven combined heat and power (CHP) plant including a 12-cylinder engine, which drives a generator to produce energy.

Since then, combined with a photovoltaic system spanning 7,000 sqm, Malzers has been generating around three quarters of the required energy consumption itself. Furthermore, the CHP plant provides heat, refrigeration and steam and is coupled with an absorption cooling system – in this way, the waste heat that is not needed in the summer can be implemented to refrigerate raw materials. The company reduces its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,000 tones a year, which demonstrates that this is not purely an economic solution, but also protects the environment.

In Germany, the final energy consumption of the industry has remained at a constant level of around 60 terawatt hours a year for several years. The rising energy prices are becoming an ever-increasing cost factor, where each saved kilowatt hour counts.

However, the companies only remain competitive if they succeed in integrating more photovoltaic systems or biogas plants and cogeneration units into the operational power supply system long-term. Intelligent systems take care of the coordination between the generation, distribution, storage and consumption of the decentralized produced power.

Industry 4.0 is proving to be a direct pacemaker for the energy turnaround at field level. More and more sensors are implemented for the continual monitoring of ramified production plants, which in turn don't need a battery since they send their data by radio transmission. They directly "harvest" the required energy from the environment via energy harvesting. This means processes that transform the energy available on-site from temperature gradients, solar radiation or mechanical movements into usable energy.

The next Anuga FoodTec will take place March 2018, 20-23, in Cologne. The trade fair is jointly organized by Koelnmesse and the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

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