A new gas process heating system from Lanemark Combustion Engineering is now fully operational in London at a leading micro-brewery, Villages Brewery, with particular gains noted in terms of operational efficiency.

“We have installed and commissioned a liquid heating TX 25E burner package on a brewing kettle supplied by Bespoke Brewing Solutions, with whom we liaised closely throughout the project,” says Lanemark’s Process Burner Sales Manager, Adrian Cadman.  “This provides a capacity of 30 hl – or 18 UK barrels – and is now central to Villages Brewery’s production.”

The burner is installed on the external wall of the circular vessel, firing through the structure into a submerged 2½” nb. stainless steel tubular heat exchanger which takes the form of a helical coil located at the base of the tank in order to deliver the optimum blend of maximum heat transfer and minimum intrusion into the available space.

Benefitting from Lanemark’s own TxCalc specification software, efficiencies in excess of 80% are readily achieved.  This is further enhanced by low exhaust temperatures of typically 180°C, which is markedly lower than alternative systems where up to 300°C, reducing efficiency to just 50%, can be noted.

Archie Village, Director at Deptford-based Villages Brewery – which distributes to a wide range of pubs and bottle shops throughout the capital – highlights the role played by the new installation.

“The overall aim of the project has been to facilitate an increase in production output while building on the high quality that is at the heart of our reputation – and the Lanemark system is already delivering in both respects,” he says.

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