Studies: Triple H Foods
sauce, salsa and bottled orange juice are starting to come off the processing
line at the new Triple H Foods plant in Riverside, California. Fueling the process
is a big, modern 300-horsepower (HP) boiler, partially funded through Southern
California Gas Company's Industrial Energy Efficiency Program.
The new boiler
takes the place of three older, smaller and less efficient units, noted Richard
Harris, Secretary/ Treasurer of Triple H. "We upgraded by 50 more horsepower.
And we couldn't have afforded it without Southern California Gas Company's program,"
the consolidation of three older plants into the new location, Harris looked into
a variety of options for boiler systems, including smaller units and used boilers.
just didn't make sense," he said. "The smaller units are so inefficient
in gas consumption, you lose what you saved on the equipment."
So Harris started
looking at new 200 to 250-HP boilers. He learned about Southern California Gas
Company's Industrial Incentive Program through the boiler manufacturer, and then
called the l-800-GAS-2000 number.
Southern California Gas Company said they would participate, we jumped up to the
300-HP boiler so we could handle larger processing contracts. Thanks to Southern
California Gas Company, we now have some excess capacity to handle more volume."
The plant also
participated in Southern California Gas Company's Heat Recovery Program. With
the help of Southern California Gas Company engineers, Triple H is able to bring
water back into their tanks at 208°F. "We were going to do about half
the heat recovery job we needed to do." But, with Southern California Gas
Company's planning assistance, Harris said his plant now has a 93% rate of recovery.
of the boiler and heat recovery system was about $180,000. Southern California
Gas Company's incentive was approximately $34,000. And the savings didn't stop
here. Harris estimated Triple H Foods will save in excess of 38,000 therms a year.