Heat recovery cuts costs for cheesemaker


20 September 2023

An award-winning Yorkshire cheesemaker and tourist attraction is saving £4,500 and over 60,000 kWh per annum by harnessing waste heat from its refrigeration plant to provide free hot water for the visitor centre.

As the 12th anniversary of the installation of Wensleydale Creamery's heat recovery system approaches, the team at DK Heat Recovery has recalculated the cost savings based on the current fuel price cap.

The savings also equate to an annual reduction of 16 tonnes of carbon but do not take into account the carbon savings associated with the reduced number of oil delivery vehicles visiting the Hawes site.

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DK Heat Recovery Engineering Manager David Haughton said: "The project was supported by a grant from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks Authority to help with the capital cost and provide an educational environment for children to learn about energy conservation and sustainability.

"With no moving parts, the DK Heat Recovery system is simple and maintenance-free. It is also highly efficient due to the innovative design of the heat exchangers that can remove up to 100% of the energy produced by the site's refrigeration plant."

Based in Beverley, East Yorkshire, with a satellite office in Peterborough, DK Heat Recovery is the sole UK agent of DK Kaelteanlagen heat recovery systems and is supported by a network of installers and refrigeration engineers. The business was established in 2012 by Nigel Upson and David Haughton and has installed heat recovery systems for food manufacturers, supermarkets, farm shops, butchers and garden centres.

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