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Coca-Cola Bottler Moves Forward with CHP Projects

CocaColaHellenicCHPplantContourGlobal Solutions has several combined heat and power plant (CHP) projects underway for a major Coca-Cola bottler. The projects are aimed at reducing energy consumption, costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

ContourGlobal has received financing up to $250 million from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to support the CHP projects planned for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCH) plants in Eastern Europe and Nigeria. These plants will supply electricity, steam, hot water, chilled water and food-grade CO2 to CCH beverage bottling facilities for the bottling process.

ContourGlobal’s QuadGen process is said to incorporate carbon capture technology to remove approximately 95 percent of the CO2 from the CHP’s flue gas. The energy efficiency of the CHPs can be as high as 90 percent, compared to 35-40 percent for conventional gas-fired simple cycle power plants, according to the company.

This project is an expansion of ContourGlobal’s partnership agreement with OPIC signed last October to work on projects in Africa and Eastern Europe. At the same time last year, ContourGlobal and Coca-Cola Hellenic announced the opening of a CHP plant in Ploiesti, Romania, the first of 15 plants the company plans to build in 12 countries.

Other bottlers are also taking similar steps toward energy efficiency. Pepsi, for example, spent $2.35 million last year to install a combined heat and power system at its bottle plant in College Point, New York.

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