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Refining Technology: Bio-Digester for an Ice Cream Factory

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on January 28th, 2011

Source: FoodMag

Image courtesy of Paques

From Unilever to build bio-digester at Dutch ice cream factory:

Unilever and biotechnology company Paques have started the construction of a bio-digester at the food giant’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Hellendoorn, the Netherlands.  Paques’ BIOPAQ AFR bio-digester, which will convert waste products from the production of ice cream into clean energy, will cover 40 per cent of the ice cream factory’s green energy requirements.

According to Paques, this bio-digester has been built specifically for applications where the purification of fat-containing wastewater is required. Unlike conventional systems, the bio-digester treats wastewater containing fat and oil in a single compact reactor, together with degradable particles.  The installation of the bio-digester is a part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, which aims at reducing the production of waste and the consumption of water and energy.  The bio-digester is expected to become operational mid year.

Source: FoodMag

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