Atlantium UV chosen for Russia plant expansion
Atlantium Technologies, a specialist in UV water treatment for industrial and municipal applications, has announced that the PepsiCo plant in Domodedovo, Russia has chosen Atlantium Hydro-Optic UV for water treatment, as part of its plant expansion plan to incorporate a kvas production line.
The company will be installing four Atlantium units in addition to the four already in use for beverage and water production, that will enable the plant to discontinue the use of chlorine and other chemical biocides for water disinfection.
Kvas is a traditional fermented beverage popular in Eastern Europe made from rye bread, with kvas production very similar to beer production. As in beer production, there are certain microorganisms that threaten product integrity, and it is crucial that the water used does not contaminate the process.
One Atlantium unit will be used to disinfect the water used to cool the fermentation, and then to dilute the high gravity kvas for bottling. The other will disinfect and protect the cooling water that cools the kvas itself.
By replacing chemical biocides in cooling water disinfection, Atlantium UV achieves complete disinfection and reduces the corrosion of valuable infrastructure caused by chemicals. Atlantium Medium Pressure UV lamps not only disable harmful microorganisms, but also destroy their repair mechanism so they cannot regenerate later.
“We are very proud that Atlantium was again selected as the best solution for the expanded Domodedova plant”, says Rotem Arad, Atlantium VP food and beverage business unit. “It is crucial that the water used for dilution is completely uncontaminated, with no residual taste or odour. Atlantium is field-proven in leading breweries as well as in PepsiCo plants worldwide, and our UV units are far more safe and sustainable than chemicals for doing the job.”
“We have been using Atlantium systems in our Domodedova plant since opening in 2009, and they have been very successful in RO membrane protection and ozone removal”, adds Vanush Alexanyan, PepsiCo engineering director for Russia and CIS. “When we set about on our expansion project for kvas production, we naturally included Atlantium in our search for a solution that meets high PepsiCo criteria.”
Atlantium Hydro-Optic UV is based on patented fibre optic principles that recycle UV light for optimised results with lower energy use, and provides uniform dose delivery (proven and validated). Integrated software with real-time monitoring and control adjusts the UV dose so that all the water gets the correct UV dose all the time. The software includes automatic documentation and reporting for tracing disinfection and regulatory compliance.
One of PepsiCo’s largest plants, the new Domodedovo plant is specially designed to incorporate water and energy-saving technologies and improve sustainability.