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Energy consumption and generation

Background

The red meat industry consumes significant quantities of fuel and electricity. Energy is one of the main resource inputs and rising costs of fuel and electricity as well as the impact on greenhouse gas emissions will continue to influence the usage of energy throughout the industry. The major energy consuming activities are refrigeration and the production of steam and hot water. Less significant amounts of energy are used for lighting, ventilation, motors, pumps and the like. The age and size of the processing plant, variations in the refrigerated product mix or the installation of value added meat processing facilities are factors that result in a large variation of energy usage across meat processing sites. Even though there are still a number of low hanging fruits related to reductions in energy consumption and costs, the latest industry environmental sustainability review from 2010 shows an 18% increase in the energy consumption across processing sites since 2003. Part of the explanation may be attributed to changes in the methodology used, but the study does show that reducing energy consumption is an important challenge for the industry.

The majority of energy used is derived from:

  • grid electricity - 31.6%

  • natural gas - 37%

  • coal - 19%. In order to reduce energy consumption and costs as well as the environmental impact, MLA and industry partners continuously works on the identification of energy efficiency opportunities and the implementation of new energy smart technologies throughout the industry.  

Research

MLA and AMPC support the industry in identifying options for energy recovery from waste materials, such as using paunch waste as boiler fuel or recovering biogas from anaerobic lagoons.

Furthermore the adoption of alternative sources of energy, such as solar, wind or fuel cells is also encouraged.  

MLA and industry partners are also supporting the industry to achieve a reduction of energy consumption by 10% within the next few years.

Recent projects include P.PIP.0308, where this project aimed to demonstrate the application of smart controls to an existing refrigeration system via the Enerjust Remote Optimisation System ('Enerjust') so as to reduce energy consumption.

Outcomes

Positive results and energy savings were already achieved by a number of projects and initiatives, such as.:

  • flash steam recovery project on a boiler, delivered savings of 16,866 GJ/yr - equivalent to 5.3% of the plant's usual energy consumption
  • reduction in hot water temperature, saving of 3,335 GJ/yr - 1.1% of the plant's energy usage.

 

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Contracts

Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
P.PIP.0308
Remote Optimisation systems for Ammonia Refrigeration Plant
01/02/2012 06/02/2015
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0319
Abattoir site energy balance – with particular emphasis on use of recycled process water for refrigeration condenser operation (shell & tube).
15/05/2013 31/07/2014
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0328
Engineering Services to Develop Refrigeration Plant Efficiency Improvements
01/07/2012 10/02/2014
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0334
Data collection, base calculations, design and monitoring/SCADA implementation associated with hot water production and distribution upgrade
17/08/2012 15/07/2013
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0347
Gas consumption reduction in rendering plant at T&R Pastoral Murray Bridge
15/10/2012 01/11/2014
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0353
Base line energy consumption analysis and energy saving opportunities investigation
01/11/2012 11/06/2013
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0379
Investigation into refrigeration system optimisation & expansion at Wodonga Rendering
15/05/2013 11/10/2013
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0386
Ryan Meat Company – Commercial to industrial refrigeration upgrade feasibility and implementation study
01/09/2013 27/02/2015
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0363
Conducting Minus40 Screw Compressor Degradation Tests and developing capability at JBS Australia Pty Limited, Dinmore
07/05/2013 11/02/2015
MDC PIP
P.PSH.0357
RB5 - Citect Ampla - Pilot Installation in a Rendering Plant
01/02/2008 30/06/2011
MDC PSH
P.PIP.0399
Smartshape auto bagger – Teys Australia Beenleigh (New vs Old Smartshape design)
03/03/2014 26/02/2015
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0400
Cold chain integrity, refrigeration system optimisation and capability assessment (phase 1) Hardwick’s Kyneton
01/12/2013 30/05/2014
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0336
Bio-Gas Recovery & Feasibility Study for Co-generation, or Tri-generation
08/08/2012 08/08/2012
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0429
Feasibility Study for Alternative Boiler Fuels
25/04/2014 22/04/2015
MDC PIP
P.PSH.0275
ADT Regulatory
01/12/2007 30/06/2010
MDC PSH
A.ENV.0129
Saving Electrical Energy & Cost Phase Changing Materials
15/09/2011 12/06/2012
Industry
A.ENV.0094
The use of abattoir waste heat for absorption refrigeration
01/07/2009 10/06/2010
Industry
A.ENV.0095
Renewable Energy Options for the Australian Meat Processing Industry.
01/08/2009 15/06/2010
Industry
A.ENV.0102
Economic & Technical Potential for Cogeneration in Industry
16/08/2010 02/11/2010
Industry
A.ENV.0103
Energy Efficiency Opportunities and State Based Energy/GHG Programs report
16/08/2010 14/03/2011
Industry
A.ENV.0104
Options for Insulating Sites from Potential Electricity Price Increases
16/08/2010 02/11/2010
Industry
A.ENV.0116
CMA : Pilot Testing of Pyrolisis System
01/12/2010 02/03/2011
Industry CMA
P.PIP.0104
Reduction in fossil fuel derived energy demand in 5 years at Dinmore Food Processing Facility: Hydrocyclone Study
09/09/2004 30/05/2009
MDC PIP
A.ENV.0118
Cost Benefit Analysis of Co-Generation
01/08/2011 01/06/2012
Industry
A.ENV.0065
Red Meat Processing Industry Energy Audit
01/02/2008 01/02/2008
Industry
A.ENV.0058
Energy Allocation and Efficiency Opportunities in Meat Processing
01/12/2006 29/06/2007
Industry
A.ENV.0055
Energy Savings Calculator Tool
01/12/2006 29/06/2007
Industry
A.ENV.0053
Review of energy efficiency industry guidelines
16/06/2006 14/10/2006
Industry
P.PSH.0149
Airless Rendering Process Pilot Plant
10/05/2004 05/08/2006
MDC PSH
P.PIP.0140
Reduction in fossil fuel derived energy demand in 5 years at Dinmore Food processing facility- dewatering pilot scale trial, Keith airless dryer [AMH- Dinmore]
03/04/2006 30/06/2006
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0138
Dewatering pilot scale trial for Reduction in fossil fuel derived energy demand in 5 years at Dinmore Food Processing Facility
01/02/2003 30/06/2007
MDC PSH
P.PIP.0014
Innovation & energy mgt and reduction [Midfield]
27/02/2002 30/06/2007
MDC PSH
P.PIP.0457
Base line energy consumption analysis and development of Stanbroke Beef's energy optimisation plan
06/10/2014 28/04/2015
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0458
Developing Stanbroke Beef's capabilities in assessing and implementing a refrigeration optimisation plan
01/10/2014 04/02/2016
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0526
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Preliminary Design of Energy Technologies for Opal Creek Feedlot (OCFL) and Emissions Reduction Fund Opportunities
23/05/2016 03/03/2017
MDC PIP

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