Highlights on Energy Efficiency Improvements: a Case of a Small Brewery
Journal of Cleaner Production 2016
Anna Kubule, Līga Žogla, Jānis Ikaunieks, Marika Rošā

The aim of the study is to provide a deep analysis of the potential impact of energy efficiency improvements by focussing on the evaluation of energy consumption and efficiency in various sub-departments at a small brewery – the locus of our research. To thoroughly analyze the specific energy consumption, an analysis of the historical energy consumption data, as well as an electricity consumption monitoring was carried out. The acquired knowledge significantly adds to the existing body of research, particularly by providing detailed data on energy consumption by different types of packaging equipment and through an in-depth analysis of energy efficiency in brewing and, uniquely, by analyzing the barriers to implementation of energy efficiency measures over time. The analysis of the brewery's energy consumption, shows that it significantly exceeds recommended benchmarks, so an in-depth analysis of heat losses in the brew house and energy monitoring in the packaging department were performed to identify the source of the inefficiency and the potential improvements. The aim of the electricity monitoring was also to acquire detailed consumption data to enhance company's stakeholders' awareness and scope for decisions regarding energy efficiency. The results of electricity monitoring show large variation of specific energy consumption for various types of packaging, with much lower specific consumption for packaging in metal barrels than previously reported in literature. As separate measurements were performed for subsections of packaging lines, it is possible to identify causes for under-implementation of energy efficiency and to propose specific improvements for each of the subsections. In addition to technological aspect, also the energy efficiency barriers were considered. Building on the typical energy efficiency barrier studies, a distinctive approach to analyze the barrier dynamics over time is applied. It is concluded that in the case brewery the main perceived barriers have not changed over five-year period, even though some successful energy efficiency interventions have been implemented. The provided results from electricity monitoring in the packaging department of brewery may be further applied for development of individual process, industry and national benchmarks.

Atslēgas vārdi
Energy intensity; Small brewery; Heat losses; Energy monitoring; Benchmarking

Kubule, A., Žogla, L., Ikaunieks, J., Rošā, M. Highlights on Energy Efficiency Improvements: a Case of a Small Brewery. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, Vol.138, Part 2, 275.-286.lpp. ISSN 0959-6526. Pieejams: doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.02.131

Publikācijas valoda
English (en)
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