R30m biomass-fuelled boiler launched in SA industry first
In an energy-saving and environmental first for the South African dairy industry, Humansdorp -based Woodlands Dairy officially launched the milk sector’s first bio mass fuelled boiler system this week.
One of South Africa’s largest milk processors, Woodlands Dairy officially commissioned its massive R30-millioninvestment during a function held at the dairy on Tuesday.
Steam – high-quality quantities of which will be produced by the new boiler – is used in the process to pasteurize and sterilise milk.
Speaking at the launch, chief executive Lex Gutsche said the new boiler ticked a number of sustainability boxes, including that it would significantly reduce both energy costs and the operation’s environmental foot print.
It would also reduce operational and production risks associated with the interruption of power supply.
“What is unique about this boiler system is that it has been designed to operate with biomass in the form of wood chips.
“Very importantly, the wood chips can be fed into the boiler without first having been dried,” Gutsche said.
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