The roof was insulated in compliance with EU standards and the climatic conditions in Turkey. This resulted in a significant decrease in energy consumption for the cold storage rooms and the air conditioning system in the office tract.
The old heating plant as well as the drying plant used for dried fruit overnight drying was removed and replaced with a new, powerful and yet energy efficient system. The new drying plant features a chamber dryer that meets highest hygienic standards and an air circulation unit, the so-called AIRGENEX plant.
The drying plant is innovative and energy efficient and is based on the following technical principle: in the chamber dryer, warm, dry air is directed over the washed fruit, for example apricots, and picks up moisture. The moist air is transported into the AIRGENEX plant where it is cooled down. When the air reaches the dew point, the moistures condenses and is discharged as water. The air is heated once again, the relative humidity is reduced and the dry air is led back into the chamber dryer for a perfect closed loop operation.
The new, state-of-the-art AIRGENEX drying plant
The plant compressors are operated as heat pumps that either cool or heat the circulating air. A regenerative heat recovery system is integrated. Unavoidable surplus heat is used for warm water heating. The drying plant works as a zero-emission system. This innovative technology of a closed-loop system makes both economic and environmental sense and ensures process stability at the same time. The drying plant also has positive effects on the quality of the dried fruits as it allows for a gentle, controlled drying process at low temperatures.
The old, natural gas central heating plant and the air conditioning equipment were replaced by a heat pump system feeding into warm and cold water reservoirs. The water reservoirs are used to heat and/or cool offices, laboratories, meeting rooms and the staff cafeteria guaranteeing comfortable ambient temperatures all year round.
During the main season, the cafeteria prepares warm meals for nearly 300 employees