Why Replace CO2 with Nitrogen in your Brewery

Using nitrogen is not about fully replacing CO2, but it can reduce their consumption of CO2 by close to 70%. Using nitrogen is about sustainability. Creating your own nitrogen is easy and will reduce the use of a greenhouse gas, which is better for the environment. It will also save you money as early as month one adding that savings to your bottom line.

This might leave you wondering what part of the brewing process nitrogen is used in. The answer is throughout the whole process.

Another reason to consider making your own nitrogen is the concern that CO2 is experiencing supply shortages driving the cost of the gas up. Some breweries are concerned about keeping up with demand and keeping prices consistent.

So, we said creating your own nitrogen is easy and it is, if your brewery already has an air compressor you are already 50 percent of the way there – adding a small nitrogen generator is all you need to do. A nitrogen generator separates the nitrogen molecules from the oxygen molecules within compressed air, resulting in a purified supply on nitrogen.

The idea of creating your own nitrogen is certainly intriguing but getting started might seem overwhelming. Here are four core questions to estimate the size of the nitrogen generator you would need.

  1. What are the sizes of your FVs (fermenting vessels) and BBTs (brite tanks)?
  2. Do your inert tanks transfer products or packages at the same time?
  3. What is your transfer rate for packaging (cans, bottles, kegs)?
  4. What else do you use nitrogen or CO2 for?

Nitrogen generators are as close to ‘fit and forget’ as possible. Some consumables such as filters need to be changed regularly, but service is often around every 4,000 hours. The same team that takes care of your air compressor would service your generator at the same time.

The nitrogen generator of your choice comes with a simple controller and comes with full remote monitoring capability via an app.

Membrane Nitrogen Gas Generators

Pneumatech’s PMNG range of nitrogen generators utilizes proprietary membrane separation technology. Membrane generators are an excellent choice in low (90%) to medium (99,5%) purity applications such as tire inflation, fire prevention, tank blanketing and pipeline drying. Nitrogen pressures can go up to 12 bar (g) without the need for an additional booster.

Engineered for simplicity, durability and ease of use make the PMNG what we believe to be the most user friendly unit in the market. All pre-filters and controls are included inside the canopy.

PSA Nitrogen Gas Generators

The PPNG series is Pneumatech’s premium on-site nitrogen solution for low to high flows, with best-in-class performance and the most complete scope of supply.

The generator has outstanding air factors at full load thanks to the use of highly efficient Carbon Molecular Sieves (CMS) and back-flow pressurization.
The air consumption is also optimized at reduced nitrogen flow or pressure demands, thanks to the advanced energy saving algorithm, which automatically adjusts the cycle times of the generator.
The control and monitoring capabilities of the PPNG series are truly impressive.

PSA Oxygen Generators

Pneumatech gives oxygen to your business. With the PPOG series, Pneumatech offers an attractive replacement for traditional oxygen supply with very interesting returns on investment.

The PPOG1-120 series uses Pressure Swing Adsorption technology to extract oxygen from compressed air, resulting in oxygen purity levels up to 95%.

The PPOG 2-18 HE series is a true game changer in on-site oxygen generation. 30% more efficient than traditional oxygen generators, the PPOG HE gives you the oxygen volume, purity and reliability you need at a massively reduced cost and a smaller environmental footprint.

PSA Oxygen Generators
With the PPOG series, Pneumatech offers an attractive replacement for traditional oxygen supply with very interesting returns on investment.

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