Recovering energy that would have been lost
For over 20 years, Fruit d’Or has grown and distributed berries to over 50 countries around the world. With its world-class expertise, the company has carved out a place for itself as a market leader and is recognized for its determination to contribute to sustainable development. Among its focuses is sound resource management. In an effort to be more energy efficient, Fruit d’Or turned to Hydro-Québec.
In the agri-food industry, production requires switching between hot and cold environments numerous times—processes that require a significant amount of energy and lead to heat loss. Among the solutions to recover the energy for other uses was the installation of heat pumps, which circulate it in a closed-loop system rather than venting it outside and wasting heat. In addition, the replacement of the chlorofluorocarbon (Freon) refrigeration system by a carbon dioxide (CO2) system reduced Fruit d’Or’s energy use.
Under the Efficient Solutions Program, Fruit d’Or received financial support totaling over $300,000, which shortened the payback period on its investment in energy efficiency measures. The new heat pumps alone led to over $23,000 in annual energy savings.