We have recently commissioned our first high temperature heat pump and solar thermal plant combination at the Fonterra Brands New Zealand Palmerston North manufacturing site, where much of the fresh white milk for the North Island is produced.
The heat pump converts excess heat from chillers and compressors into a heat source. This reduces the natural gas required by the site and is expected to remove 495 tonnes CO2e annually – the equivalent of taking 140 cars off the road.
Fonterra Palmerston North Site Manager Graham Thomson says, “We’re really excited about this unique combination of a commercial heat pump and solar thermal plant helping us reduce our gas consumption and emissions output.”
The project received co-funding from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority’s Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) fund and will help inform future decarbonisation projects at Fonterra.
Further information on Fonterra’s decarbonisation efforts: