The Santa Cruz rum factory, located in the province of Mayabeque, is part of the Cuba Ron corporate system. Its spaces produce white and golden rums such as those of the Havana Club brand, a leading product of Cuba like the rest of the productions that bear the Cuba protected denomination of origin (D.O.P)
Following the energy saving and environmental care strategy, the distillery of this manufacturing unit, as part of the Technical Task, launched a second heat exchanger ensuring the care of the environment. Heat recovery will lead to oil savings and a decrease in inlays in the distiller column.
This executive project was made possible thanks to the experience and planning of engineers Yileni Martínez Guía, Diosdado Martínez Navarro, Diomedes Llerena Delgado, and Marí Fernández Aguila.
The shell and tube heat exchanger was installed for the use of the heat originated from brandy distillation. This ensured oil savings and lower temperatures in musts poured into the sea, making them less aggressive to the environment.
Also, thanks to the efficient management, that even in times of pandemic takes firm steps, the proposal to install a second exchanger emerged, with the same characteristics as the previous one, in order to further lower the temperature. It will be necessary to carry out a group of actions aimed at putting in good technical conditions such installation. This includes repairing the body of the exchanger, building a base to support it, and installing the pipe for the inlet of the rum wash, which goes from the pumps to the exchanger. It is also planned to install a 0 to 100 orC thermometer at the outlet of the must and another one at the exit of the wash.
Executing this project saves at least $60618/year on the concept of fuel optimization.