WideGap plate heat exchangers are a sweet deal for sugar plant

When Shri SaiKrupa Sugar & Allied Industries Ltd in India opened its new sugar refinery in 2010, it was not only the largest plant in the Maharashtra region, but also one of the most modern – using unconventional heating technology to save precious energy.

DATE 2017-07-13

Shri SaiKrupa uses Alfa Laval’s WideGap plate heat exchangers to heat its raw sugar juice. So far, they have resulted in considerable energy savings and trouble-free operation. “During their first two years of operation, our four WideGap PHEs have surpassed our original expectations in terms of energy savings and ease of operation", says Mr E.G. Sadanand, vice president at Shri SaiKrupa, who is very happy with the company’s choice of heating technology.

Alfa Laval widegap installation in Shri SaiKrupa sugar plant in India


Unlike the Indian sugar industry at large, Shri SaiKrupa uses Alfa Laval’s WideGap plate heat exchangers to heat its raw sugar juice. So far, they have resulted in considerable energy savings and trouble-free operation.

Products

Alfa Laval WideGap plate heat exchangers
WideGap PHEs are suitable for various heating media, such as liquids, steam and low pressure vapour.

  • Designed for fibrous media
  • Plate pattern designed for high turbulence and efficiency
  • Easy to clean with Cleaning-in-Place
    equipment or mechanically
  • Easy to expand capacity

 WideGap plate heat exchangers

Benefits

  • Significant heat recovery allows excess steam to generate power.
  • Small footprint saves space in the boiler house.
  • Flexible capacity by adding (or removing) plates.
  • Fast, convenient cleaning-in-place and backflushing
  • Infrequent openings increase operationallife of plate gaskets.

Customer

Shri SaiKrupa Sugar & Allied Industries Ltd in Maharashtra, India

Customer voice

The WideGap PHE technology has delivered on its promise of heat-transfer efficiency and energy savings

Mr E. G. Sadanand,

vice president at Shri SaiKrupa Sugar & Allied Industries Ltd.

Company challenge

Reducing energy consumption in the preliming heating of raw sugar juice.  Using a low-temperature heating medium for raw-juice heating.