Many operators can’t simply build a new plant, but they are still asked to do more with less.
Making changes as small as keeping detailed accounts of motor efficiency or as large as installing solar energy systems can result in lower energy-consumption costs -- up to $18 billion in savings industrywide.
The same goes for water- and wastewater-related costs, which are some of the biggest financial investments in any facility, which uses 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per one four-pound bird and 150-450 gallons of water for each beef carcass.
Even feedlot biomass can be converted into energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering a facility's fossil fuel costs and cutting into expensive manure disposal costs.
Panelists on the upcoming Meatingplace webinar -- "Plant Efficiency 101: Maximize your operation's value using environmentally friendly processes" -- will take a strategic look at efficiency, as well as the implications on finances, marketing and yield.
Ted Wampler, Jr., president & CEO of Wampler's Farm Sausage Company Inc., runs the 75-year-old family-run sausage company based in northeast Tennessee that has not only embraced alternative energy but has set a goal to be off the grid by the end of 2012.
Among the company’s projects are a 500 kilowatt (kW), 2,240-panel photo-voltaic and a $575,000 hydrogen-on-demand system – the first of its kind.
He'll be joined by Marcos Braz, who specializes in the area of refrigeration.
He has more than 30 years of professional experience working with food, beverage and refrigeration facilities, including design for food processing and cold storage facilities.
He has managed the design and commissioning of more than 14 million square feet of refrigerated facilities.
Together they’ll offer tips on how to minimize costs while optimizing output – all with an eye on efficiency.
This webinar also is the culmination of a series of technical articles and serves as a companion to the September Tech Connection on plant efficiency. To register for the webinar, click here.
For more information about the series of technical articles, click here to learn about reducing energy costs; click here to learn about water conservation and recycling; and click here to learn more about reusing your bio-waste.
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