Mackies Ice Cream, based in Scotland, have begun to install a new refrigeration system running on ammonia produced by biomass boilers.
Courtesy of Greg Morss
The installation will be Scotland’s first large scale plant combining biomass heat and absorption chilling, enabling Mackie’s to target ambitious CO2e reductions of 90 percent and energy costs of 70-80 percent. The project is being brought to life thanks to a grant from the Scottish Government Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, match funded by a loan from Bank of Scotland.
“Our ultimate aim is to one day go completely off-grid and use 100 percent renewable energy” said Managing Director Mac Mackie. “This is an important step towards realising these green ambitions. We’re very excited about this project as, the technologies involved are tried-and-tested methods but have not been commonly combined to produce a low-carbon, low-energy solution for cold store refrigeration.”
The investment will be open as a demonstrator project in the hope that its success will encourage other Scottish food manufacturers to adopt similar energy-efficient technology.