There are many benefits to using an on site nitrogen generator, including increased efficiency and a better bottom line. However, there are also many environmental benefits to both using nitrogen and making your own nitrogen on site. Today’s consumers are savvy, and they are looking for companies to do business with that care about the environment and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. By integrating nitrogen gas on site at your facility, you can help the environment in the following ways:
Many companies add preservatives to their food products to help them last longer on the shelves, but with the introduction of nitrogen gas, most of these preservatives can be reduced or eliminated. Nitrogen displaces the oxygen in the packaging, and without oxygen, bacteria has no way to survive. It also keeps out moisture, further enhancing the shelf life of the food.
When you rely on a company to deliver and pick up your nitrogen cylinders, you are also putting a lot of trucks on the road. These trucks emit harmful gases into the air that can lead to long-term effects on the environment. By using an on site nitrogen generator, you can create your own nitrogen on demand, completely eliminating the need for these regular deliveries. This step alone can make a big impact on your carbon footprint.
Getting nitrogen cylinders delivered is only the final step of the process. Before these cylinders can be delivered, they have to be created at a commercial plant using a process called cryogenic air separation. This process takes a tremendous amount of energy and generates a large amount of carbon dioxide that is dispersed into the air. With an on site nitrogen generator, these plants lose business, and if everyone switches to producing their own nitrogen on site, the cylinders will no longer be necessary.
Making your own nitrogen on site also means there are no cylinders to dispose of. Yes, cylinders can be reused, but at some point they are no longer effective, and they must be put somewhere. Additionally, when the cylinders are full of nitrogen gas, it slowly seeps out of the container, wasting up to 10% of the product before you are able to use it. So by switching to an on site nitrogen generator you can keep all of your nitrogen supply and forget about waste that will end up at a landfill.
When you switch to on site nitrogen generation, you are not only making a smart choice for your company; you are making a smart choice for the planet. To learn more about how our nitrogen gas generators can be used in your industry, contact us now.