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ALBA Recycling GmbH at Eisenhüttenstadt

Two thermeco2 heat pumps (type HHR 130) ensure smooth-running processes at ALBA Recycling GmbH in Eisenhüttenstadt.

The ALBA Group employs around 7,500 people, and is active in Germany, Europe and Asia with its ALBA and Interseroh brands. In 2015 the company achieved a turnover of around 2.2 billion euros. This means that the ALBA Group is a leading provider of recycling and environmental services and a leading supplier of raw materials around the world. In 2015 alone, the recycling activities of the ALBA Group saved almost 5.9 million tons of greenhouse gases when compared to primary production, and around 51.8 million tons of primary raw materials.

Before plastic packaging can be turned into granulate in an extruder, it first needs to be crushed (into flakes), washed and then dried again. The two thermeco2 heat pumps are deployed in the thermal drying production step, and their advantages come into full play. They heat hot water with a capacity of 100 kW each and thereby heat the outside air used to dry the flakes. The heat pump obtains its source from the machine cooling for the extruder, so it also generates a cooling capacity of approx. 160 kW at the same time. This relieves the existing refrigeration systems used to cool the extruder.

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