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Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.28M | Year: 2011

The total EU stock of beverage coolers is currently 6.3 million, which is nearly 50% of the total number of commercial display refrigerators in use. So far commercial refrigerators have remained outside EC legislation. However, this is likely to change as it is now generally accepted that commercial refrigerators offer significant potential for energy savings. A recent working document for the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive outlines several legislative options that will encourage and mandate significant energy efficiency improvements for beverage coolers. Compared to similar sized domestic refrigerators, the energy consumption of commercial beverage coolers can be over 3 times higher, even after allowing for increased heat loads, due to use of glass doors, for example. This is the result of a combination of factors such as: i) lack of legislation and standardization; ii) user requirements in relation to pull down (cooling rate of products within a set time frame), which means that the refrigeration system of most coolers is significantly oversized; iii) the fact that the large majority of equipment owners do not operate the beverage coolers and hence do not pay for operating cost. This means that cost and design are the most important drivers and not efficiency. We aim to overcome these barriers by development of unique technology that makes effective use of phase change materials (PCM) within beverage coolers. This will allow downsizing of the cooling system, thereby significantly increasing energy efficiency. It is our aim to achieve a 75% saving compared to a base case cooler. The market opportunity will be worth at least 700 million per annum in Europe alone. In order to exploit our development we will introduce a radically new business model that will allow equipment owners and users to share the benefits of energy savings. This will motivate equipment owners to make the additional investment required for more energy efficient equipment


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2013-07-26

Container of a bag-in-container type, wherein a neck region of the container is provided with at least one opening extending substantially radially there through, into a space between the outer container and an inner container adjacent thereto, wherein the neck region is provided with coupling elements, preferably at opposite sides of said at least one opening, seen in circumferential direction, for coupling of a connecting device to the container for introducing a pressure fluid through said at least one opening into a space between the inner and outer container.


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2013-07-26

Container of a bag-in-container type, wherein a neck region of the container is provided with at least one opening extending substantially radially there through, into a space between the outer container and an inner container adjacent thereto, wherein: the neck region is provided with coupling elements, preferably at opposite sides of said at least one opening, seen in circumferential direction, for coupling of a connecting device to the container for introducing a pressure fluid through said at least one opening into a space between the inner and outer container; and/or the at least one opening is provided with or forming part of a first coupler for coupling a pressure fluid feed line to said opening, for pressurising a space between the inner and outer container.


Beverage dispensing assembly, comprising a container (3) and a tapping apparatus (2) having a chamber (5) in which the container (3) fits and can be entered into through an opening (6) closable by a lid (7), such that the container (3) is enclosed between the lid (7) and an opposite end of a chamber (5), wherein spaced apart from the lid (7) and preferably at said opposite end of the chamber (5) a first connector (16) is provided, for feeding pressurised gas into the container (3) through a gas inlet (17) provided in the container (3), and at the side of the opening of the chamber a pressure element (19) is provided for pressing the container (3) with the gas inlet (17) onto the first connector (16).


Tapping assembly (1) for a beverage, comprising a first (20) and second (21) container, wherein the first container has a neck portion and the second container is suspended in the first container, from the neck portion thereof, wherein a neck region of the container is provided with at least one opening (22) in a side wall thereof, preferably in a neck region of the first container, opening into a space between the first and second containers, wherein the assembly further comprises a connecting device (5), connected or connectable to the neck portion, wherein the connecting device comprises at least one connecting element for connecting to the at least one opening, wherein the connecting element is connected to a source of pressurised gas.


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2013-10-30

Beverage container (1) and valve (6) for a beverage container (1). Valve (6), comprising a base element (26) and a snap ring or snap fingers (48) extending there from, positioned around an opening (27) through the base element (26), wherein within the snap ring or between the snap fingers (48) a valve housing (24) is provided, having at least one inlet opening (9) and a spring loaded valve body (29), biased towards the base element (26) and closing off the opening (27), wherein the valve body (29) is operable through the opening (27) for opening a fluid connection between the inlet opening (9) or openings and the opening (27) in the base element (26).


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2013-10-30

Beverage container (1) and valve (6) for a beverage container. Beverage container (1), comprising a body (2) and a neck (3), wherein at the neck (3) a valve (6) is provided for dispensing a beverage comprising gas from the container (1), wherein an inner surface part (21) of the container (1) adjacent the valve (6), especially an inner surface part of the container within the neck between the body and an inlet side (8) of the valve (6) is smooth and sloping towards the inlet side of the valve, such that foam is prevented from being trapped at the inner surface of the neck (3).


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2014-06-25

Preform (1) or preform assembly for blow moulding a container (23), wherein the preform of preform assembly has a neck portion (4), a lid element (16) being provided at the neck portion, an opening extending into the neck portion, providing access to an internal space of the preform or preform assembly. Method for blow moulding a container. Container blown from a preform or preform assembly.


Patent
Heineken Supply Chain B.V. | Date: 2013-11-13

Container comprising an inner container and an outer container with facing surfaces, wherein at least part of at least one of the facing surfaces has a surface roughness higher than about 0.1 Ra and/or wherein the difference in roughness of said facing surfaces is at least over a part more than about 0.1 Ra.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2011.4.1-2 | Award Amount: 4.89M | Year: 2012

The objective of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of large-scale solar thermal system integration in the brewing industry for the first time. Brewing and malting processes are especially suitable to be supplied by solar thermal systems since basically all required processes are in the temperature range between 50C and 100C. Three large-scale solar thermal systems are going to be applied at three different sites: in one drying process of a malting plant, at one mashing process of a brewery and one pasteurizing process of a brewery. The total installed capacity of the three plants is going to be 5.08 MWth, corresponding to 7,270 m of collector area. Besides the different processes also different climatic zones were chosen for the solar thermal systems in order to evaluate the performance of the plants under different solar radiation conditions. The objective is to have good examples and best practices for the brewing sector which can act as the basis for the large-scale market deployment of the huge potential of the solar thermal source in the whole beverage sector. Special efforts are going to be devoted to an integrated approach combining energy efficiency measures in the brewing and malting processes itself and advanced solar integration concepts, which are adapted to the special requirements of these processes. Special requirements of the type and size of solar thermal systems relate to stagnation behaviour, collector field hydraulics and an intelligent heat storage management in combination with the related batch processes. Based on the operation experience and the monitoring results the so called Green brewery sector concept will be developed. This sector concept will serve as basis for a broad European wide training and dissemination programme, which is going to take place for the energy manager of all breweries of the HEINEKEN group, solar experts and energy consultants.

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