Campbell Company of Canada gets power boost from Toronto Hydro
Utility helps iconic soup maker develop an on-site Combined Heat and Power plant
PR Newswire, TORONTO, MARCH 31, 2016
Toronto Hydro and Campbell Company of Canada have unveiled a hot new power project at the Campbell Canada Toronto location.
Capable of producing enough energy to power the facility, the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project came together as a result of Campbell Canada’s push towards energy efficiency and sustainability, and was made a reality when Toronto Hydro helped arrange incentive funding through the saveONenergy program.
CHP is a technology that uses a natural gas fueled engine to generate electricity and produce heat. The heat produced from the engine generates steam, which is used by Campbell Canada to cook soup. The CHP plant now supplies up to 93% of the company’s annual steam requirements. The power is used entirely within the Campbell Canada facility, displacing electricity which was previously supplied from the electricity grid.
In 2010, Campbell Canada set an aggressive goal to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2020 and the company is well on track thanks to projects like the CHP plant. This project allows Campbell Canada to save on electricity costs, has environmental benefits and provides reliable emergency back up power, ensuring soup production is never impacted.
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Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 756,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario. A leader in conservation, Toronto Hydro supports the province‘s Conservation First energy strategy, actively promoting conservation by offering our customers expert advice, programs and incentives.
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About Campbell Company of Canada
Campbell Company of Canada is driven and inspired by its Purpose, “Real food that matters for life‘s moments”. The Company makes a range of products from high-quality soups and simple meals to snacks and healthy beverages. For over 85 years in Canada, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and readily available foods and beverages that connect them to each other, to warm memories, and to what‘s important today. Led by its iconic Campbell‘s brand, the company‘s portfolio includes Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, V8, Prego, Pace and Plum Organics. For the foodservice industry, Campbell’s markets frozen soups and healthcare products such as Campbell‘s Verve and Eating Smart Soups. Based in Etobicoke, Ontario, the Canadian operation is a strong supporter of local non-profit and charitable organizations and is one of the largest contributors to Food Banks across Canada. For more information on how Campbell Canada helps communities and the environment visit www.whatsinmyfood.ca/how-we-help/
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Toronto Hydro supports CHP as it helps reduce demand on the electricity system at a time when the city is growing at an unprecedented rate.
Campbell has also embarked on other significant energy-efficiency projects, including a $100,000 compressed air upgrade, a major LED lighting retrofit, the introduction of sensors, and more.
- The CHP plant consists of a 4.6MW Combustion Gas Turbine Generator and a Heat Recovery Steam Generator that produces 90,000 lb/hr of steam
- The project took two years to complete
- Campbell Canada’s 60 Birmingham Street location is the company’s only North American site to have this technology
- The CHP project provides 95% of Campbell Canada’s electricity needs, with the remaining coming from the Toronto Hydro grid
- The project is the first to be completed in Toronto using the saveONenergy incentive program
- Toronto Hydro was able to arrange $5 million in incentive funding, which amounted to approximately 40% of the project
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- Plant footage – soup cooking
- Plant footage – cans moving down assembly line
- Plant footage – ingredients being added to soup kettle
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What is a Combined Heat and Power plant?
The CHP project at Campbell Canada’s site uses a natural gas turbine to drive a generator, which produces electricity. The hot combustion gas is then delivered to a secondary system which is integral to the CHP plant. Hot exhaust air produced by the turbine is then delivered to a heat recovery steam generator, which uses the heat energy to produce steam at a pressure which is suitable for Campbell Canada’s needs.