Cargill meat processing plant saves energy through reverse-osmosis

Energy-efficiency project in facility reduces energy costs

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Reverse-osmosis? It sounds like something from a science fiction novel, but Cargill’s meat processing plant in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is using it to reduce energy costs and their impact on the environment.

The company installed a reverse-osmosis system in the facility, which removes solids from the boiler. As a result, the system reduces the water and heat needed to complete the production process.

“We continue to seek ways to further incorporate energy efficiency into our daily production processes, said Kevin Saxton, Cargill plant general manager. “We appreciate the partnership we have had with Alliant Energy over the years, and the collaborative effort to make our plant more energy efficient.”

Cargill expects to save more than 17,000 therms of natural gas per year. The environmental impact of the reverse-osmosis system is the equivalent to removing 19 passenger vehicles from Iowa roadways or the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by nearly 74 acres of forest in the United States.


Check presentation participants (from left to right): Greg White, Cargill controller; Brad Brouwers, Cargill utilities supervisor; Gerald Mason, Cargill plant and maintenance manager; Kevin Saxton, Cargill general manager and Rebecca Gisel, Alliant Energy key account manager.

In addition to energy and cost savings, Cargill received a rebate of $18,332 through our company’s Custom Rebates program.

“Cargill continues to be a leader in implementing innovative energy efficiency technology into their production processes,” said Rebecca Gisel, Alliant Energy key account manager. “The company recognizes how energy efficiency can reduce costs, save energy and minimize their impact on the environment.”


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