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Intelligent pumps reduce energy consumption

27. November 2023

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The global dairy company Arla Foods aims to reduce carbon emissions in its operations by 63 percent by 2030. To achieve this target, Arla Food looked across its value chain to optimise its operations and liaised with Grundfos and other partners to identify levers to achieve the reduction target.


The partnership with Grundfos showed an opportunity to significantly reduce Arla Food’s energy consumption across its 60 global dairy sites and thereby improve energy efficiency to reduce its carbon footprint.

Grundfos replaced the pumping systems with high efficiency systems with state-of-the-art motors, pumps, and controls. At present, Grundfos has assessed two thirds of Arla Foods’ sites and have identified annual savings of seven gigawatt-hours, with total expected savings around ten gigawatt-hours (10,000,000 kilowatts). This corresponds to reducing Arla’s total electricity consumption in the operations by 1.2 percent, which is equivalent to driving an average electric vehicle around the world 1250 times (50 million kilometers).


As part of this initiative, Grundfos recently supplied and installed new intelligent pumps at Arla Foods Westbury in the United Kingdom. Based on proven and validated energy measurements, Grundfos helped the site achieve savings of 481,800 kWh energy per year and 194 tonnes CO2 for their ice and chilled water systems, with a return on investment of less than two years.



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