ELECTRICITY FOR CHEESE FACTORIES
WOULD IT BE CHEAPER THAN BTEAM ?•
Now that it is practically assured that Lake Coleridge electricity will be brought to the Peninsula within the course of a year or so, the question of utilising electricity for the Peninsula cheese factories should be investigated thoroughly by the factory directorates. There are seven cheese factories in the bays and a new one being erected in Little Fiver, besides the Akaroa Butter Faotory and two creameries at Little River, Mr Birks was particu larly insistent upon the point of the cheapness of Coleridge power, and said they would be able to under-cut all other power with Coleridge elec tricity. In the Tai Tapu Dairy Faotory the company, by installing Coleridge power, paid for the installa* tion and the power used for the amount it had previously cost them per year for coal. The Barry's Bay Cheese Factory spend about £180 per year for fuel which includes wood and coal. Some other factories who have to cart fuel long distances, pay even more for their fuel in proportion to.their output of cheese.
The main difficulty with cheese faotories, however, is that the steam is required for boating the vats and all cleaning purposes. It appears that electricity can be used for gene rating steam, and the Tai Tapu fac tory bas, at the present time, heating apparatus for this purpose on the water from America, where it is much used. Whether this system of beat , ing ii going to be economical or not Mr frirks was not prepared to Bay, but at all events the Peninsula factories will have the opportunity of judging from the experiment being made by the Tai Tapu factory.
Apart; from the steam which is absolutely necessary in keeping dairy factories thoroughly clean and for heating purposes, there is a great deal of energy required for running dairy factories, such as pumping the whey from the vats, running the agitators, and other labour-saving devices, &o. Even if fuel was required for generat ing steam, it seems as if it would be economy on the part of the factories to use Coleridge power for energy purposes to save fuel. If the factories were all just beginuing there would be no doubt about the advisability of using Coleridge' power, as much smaller boilers would do ail that was required, but the factories have in stalled heavier boilers now, and it is a question whether it would pay them to replace them with lighter boilers and use Coleridge power. If the power is going to be as cheap as Mr Birks says it will be, no doubt it would pay the factories to install Lake Coleridge power
One thing ie certain, however, and that is that every factory should instal electricity for working a whey butter plant in connection with their factories, as from the experience of the Barry's Bay Dairy Company's installation there is a good profit to be made out of whey butter. The whey from Barry's Bay factory, until last year, was practically all discharged on the beach and wasted, but this year over £500 was taken out of the same whey in the form of whey butter.
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ELECTRICITY FOR CHEESE FACTORIES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915
ELECTRICITY FOR CHEESE FACTORIES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915
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