Seeking thermal process innovation for energy efficiency and reduced GHG emissions
PepsiCo seeks alternative heating methods to classical plate-and-frame heat exchangers to heat up liquid streams at a faster speed and/or higher efficiency, as well as lower the carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Plate-and-frame heat exchangers invoke natural gas from steam and/or hot water that is generated on-site for the utility heating loop. In these heat operations, water is used as the heating medium, as with many industrial heating processes – water must be heated from ambient temperatures to near boiling for beverage pasteurization. To reach these temperatures, natural gas is burned to heat up the water loop and puts a significant load of carbon-emissions on the thermal process. Furthermore, heat exchangers often do not give immediate response for processes of high product flow rate. The response on water-heated heat exchangers is not fast enough to ramp up the flowing product to pasteurization temperatures to a reasonable tolerance. A heat-up time on the order of magnitude of minutes causes a significant delay in production on lines of commercial speed. Gas-fired boilers pose distribution losses in the system. Steam is generated at the central boiler(s) at typical plants with heating processes. The boiler output is routed to any unit operation that requires steam with hard piping. This results in non-negligible energy losses by means of heat conduction and frictional loss to the environment. In the case of pasteurization of liquids foods, steam indirectly applies heat to the process – steam is thermally exchanged with a water loop which bears the load of heating the pasteurization liquid. This results in low conversion to thermal energy, resulting in wasted natural gas usage and GHG emissions. In order to achieve higher production efficiency and better carbon footprint, novel technologies for heaters are desired. PepsiCo Beverages North America has set out goals for 75% GHG reduction by 2030 and net zero GHG emissions by 2040. For the longevity and sustainability of the environment, PepsiCo is highly interested in adopting and implementing emission-reducing technologies. A solution/application at any point in the heating distribution – whether it be an innovation to gas-fired boilers or a modular approach to heating – would be open for consideration. Proposed solutions should achieve one or more of the following objectives: • Faster heating ramp-up time compared to traditional heat exchangers. • Invoke equal to/less utilities than conventional plate and frame heat exchangers powered by steam generating boilers • Decrease distribution losses – apply energy with higher efficiency to the processing liquid • Net decrease in GHG emission from conventional natural-gas fired heating systems
Seeking technologies to reduce GHGs in all aspects of the supply chain and manufacturing process.
PepsiCo is committed to reducing GHG emissions from seed to shelf. We are looking to engage with partners who can assist us in our goal of reducing GHG 20% by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. As new technologies emerge, efficiencies will be gained and PepsiCo aims to remain at the forefront of best practices in the food and beverage industry. PepsiCo is seeking technologies to reduce GHGs in all aspects of the supply chain and manufacturing process. Solutions may be in one or more of the following areas: • Agriculture – sustainable farming and the reduction of GHG intensive fertilizers • Manufacturing – adopting energy efficient manufacturing processes; novel methods for utilizing waste; use of renewable thermal energy at scale • Packaging – alternative packaging materials and formats that reduce GHGs • Distribution – technologies to assist in the efficiency of our company-owned and third party fleet
Seeking Recyclable Closure for Paper Beverage Bottles
We are seeking technologies for a re-closable fiber-based closure for a paper beverage bottle that can be recycled in the paper stream.
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