Using a Nitrogen Gas Generator to Replace Your CO₂ Requirements

Nitroblok by SHAPE Energy
Using a Nitrogen Gas Generator to Replace Your CO₂ Requirements

Nitrogen is quickly becoming the number one gas over CO₂ in the food and beverage industry. Sustainability, availability, function, and cost are just some of the reasons on-site nitrogen generation with a Nitroblok gas generation system makes sense for your business.

There are lots of benefits to be had by making the switch from CO₂ to nitrogen. Not only can you significantly improve production and supply, but you can also operate more sustainably, all while saving on manufacturing costs.

The food and beverage industry is responsible for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions, with carbon dioxide (CO₂) being one of the main contributors. However, there is a solution to reducing CO₂ emissions in this industry – nitrogen gas. With current CO₂ delays, SHAPE Energy understands that access to a functionally similar gas like nitrogen is a priority.

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Is NZ Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) in Short Supply?

Producers in the food and beverage industry have relied on CO₂ but New Zealand is currently undergoing a shift in its availability.

The Todd Energy liquid carbon dioxide plant in Kāpuni, Taranaki has been New Zealand’s only domestic producer of food-grade CO2 since the Marsden Point Oil Refinery was decommissioned last year. The Marsden Point Oil Refinery was once a large producer of CO₂, being produced as a by-product of the oil refining process. The CO₂ gas was then refined for a wide range of uses in the food and beverage industry.

Since the slowdown in CO₂ production, New Zealand suppliers have begun prioritising supply of CO₂ to critical medical, safety, and water customers, supplementing this with additional shipments of CO₂ supplies from overseas. This has left the food and beverage industry with little CO₂ left to continue operations with.

Nitrogen use and benefits

Nitrogen gas is a safe, non-toxic, odorless gas that can be used as a replacement for CO₂ where it can be used to displace oxygen and extend the shelf life of products.  This is possible in many food and beverage applications like packaging of foods and carbonation of beverages.

One of the key benefits of using nitrogen gas in the food and beverage industry is its ability to reduce CO₂ emissions. Nitrogen gas is not a greenhouse gas and thus does not contribute to climate change. In addition, it is a renewable resource that can be generated through the process of nitrogen fixation, where nitrogen from the air is converted into a usable form through air compression and filtration.

Another benefit of nitrogen gas is its safety. Nitrogen gas is non-toxic and non-flammable, making it safe for use, an advantage over CO₂ which is toxic. Additionally, nitrogen gas is also less reactive than CO₂, reducing the risk of chemical reactions that can cause spoilage or other problems in food and beverage products.

Nitroblok by SHAPE Energy

There are several ways to generate Nitrogen gas, one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods is through the use of Nitrogen gas generators like Nitroblok by SHAPE Energy.

Nitroblok is a compact, energy-efficient, and cost-effective nitrogen generator that produces high-purity nitrogen on demand. It uses a two-stage membrane separation process to separate nitrogen from compressed air, which is then stored in cylinders or used directly thanks to a direct connection with your production facilities. The Nitroblok nitrogen generator also has a simple and easy-to-use control system, which makes it easy to operate and maintain. Using a built-in air compressor Nitroblok eliminates the need for an external gas supply, making it very convenient to use.

The Nitroblok nitrogen generator also has a very low operating cost, thanks to its energy-efficient design. Additionally, it reduces the need for expensive and bulky cylinder storage and eliminates the costly need for a constant supply of nitrogen gas from a supplier.

Consider Switching to Nitroblok

Nitrogen gas can be an effective and safe replacement for CO₂ in the food and beverage industry. Switching to nitrogen can help reduce CO₂ emissions, increase product shelf life and safety, and be a cost-effective solution.

Nitroblok nitrogen gas generator by SHAPE Energy is a perfect option for companies looking to reduce their environmental impact while improving their bottom line. It is a compact, energy-efficient, and cost-effective solution that can generate nitrogen gas on demand, eliminating the need for expensive cylinder storage and ongoing supply from a supplier.


Nitrogen as a Service

If you are considering a switch to nitrogen generation, contact SHAPE Energy about Nitroblok. Customers don’t have to cover the sunk cost of building or outright buying a gas generator, SHAPE Energy enables you to pay for only the nitrogen you generate on-site. Our gas as a service model means that supply meets your demand, don’t pay more than you have to; nitrogen as you need it.

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