FrieslandCampina DMV in Veghel last week installed an energy-efficient evaporator that is the only one of its kind. It evaporates water from whey, allowing the lactose to crystallise spontaneously.
By using smart technology, the current combination of mechanical and thermal evaporation techniques can be replaced by a single mechanical technique to cut energy consumption by an additional 60%. The heat released using this new technique is used so efficiently that cooling water is no longer needed. The discharged condensate is cooled until it reaches a temperature of 15°C.
Approximately 35 technicians work on the installation. The new evaporator will become fully operational in October 2013.
The construction and installation of the new evaporator is part of an extensive capital expenditure programme at Veghel, in which FrieslandCampina is investing over 60 million euros. The knowledge gained in developing this evaporator will also be put to use in future projects where there are similar cost savings to be achieved.