European Winery and Coke Bottler Showcase Green Plants
In Northern Ireland, First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA and other political and civic leaders joined Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company CEO Doros Constantinou last week to formally open the new Knockmore Hill plant in Lisburn.

The facility occupies 50,000 square meters (about 538,000 square feet) and employs about 600 of the company's 11,000 workers on the island.

The plant's seven filling lines -- four for PET bottles, one for glass, one for cans and one for post-mix -- and can produce 1.5 million liters of Coca-Cola products a day.

A PET molding unit with six blow molders that can yield 750,000 bottles per day also is located at the site, which features an energy efficient combined heat and power system and a new high-tech, fully automated warehousing system.Coca-Cola HBC plant in Northern Ireland

The CHP system, constructed in collaboration with ContourGlobal, is one of four used by Coca-Cola Hellenic in its 28 countries of operation. Another 11 systems are being developed by ContourGlobal for the bottling firm.

The CHP plant at the Knockmore Hill facility  "will cut CO2 emissions at the plant by up to 66 percent while supplying excess clean electricity to the local power grid," Constantinou (pictured far right) said in a statement. "Our aim is to cut CO2 emissions by an average of 20 percent across all 80 of our bottling plants."

A visitors center at the new facility will open November.

Images of winery solar installations courtesy of Gruppo Mezzacorona and inset from new Coca-Cola plant courtesy of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.