Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of two different equipment for maintaining the sterility of homogenizer pistons has been performed. The aim of this research was to compare a traditional machine (pressurized steam barriers system) with an innovative sterile water generation technology, by considering the whole life cycle. Primary data related to the two analysed products have been gathered from a homogenizer manufacturer of the Parma province, while Ecoinvent database v3.1 has been used as source of secondary data. The assessment has been performed using International Life Cycle Data (ILCD) impact assessment method. The results of the analysis show that the new technology has a lower environmental impact than the traditional one in all the considered impact categories. This is essentially due to the lower steam consumption required by the new technology during the use phase. Another outcome of the study is that the use phase is the main cause of environmental burdens, responsible on average by more than 80% of the total impacts except in 3 categories only for the NiSoPURE (Human toxicity; cancer effects ; Freshwater ecotoxicity; Mineral, fossil & ren resource depletion ).

Life cycle assessment of a sterile water generator circuit for bottling plants

Zamagni, A.
2016

Abstract

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of two different equipment for maintaining the sterility of homogenizer pistons has been performed. The aim of this research was to compare a traditional machine (pressurized steam barriers system) with an innovative sterile water generation technology, by considering the whole life cycle. Primary data related to the two analysed products have been gathered from a homogenizer manufacturer of the Parma province, while Ecoinvent database v3.1 has been used as source of secondary data. The assessment has been performed using International Life Cycle Data (ILCD) impact assessment method. The results of the analysis show that the new technology has a lower environmental impact than the traditional one in all the considered impact categories. This is essentially due to the lower steam consumption required by the new technology during the use phase. Another outcome of the study is that the use phase is the main cause of environmental burdens, responsible on average by more than 80% of the total impacts except in 3 categories only for the NiSoPURE (Human toxicity; cancer effects ; Freshwater ecotoxicity; Mineral, fossil & ren resource depletion ).
Steam water generator;Environmental impact;Lca;Bottling plants
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