Elantas enjoys significant steam savings with GEM

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Courtesy of Thermal Energy International Inc.

Thermal Energy International Inc. is pleased to announce that ELANTAS Deatech S.r.l, a member of the global specialty chemical group Altana AG, and a leading producer of insulating materials for the electrical and electronics industry, has revealed that it is achieving significant savings in steam consumption at its site in Ascoli Piceno, Italy following the installation of Thermal Energy International’s GEM steam traps.  ELANTAS Deatech has now replaced all of the mechanical steam traps on its process, utilities and steam distribution pipeline with the GEM venturi orifice design.

Prior to the installation of the GEM steam traps, the mechanical traps regularly failed open, closed or partly open, necessitating regular replacement and maintenance.  It was calculated that due to trap failure ELANTAS Deatech was wasting a large proportion of its steam production, which in turn was increasing energy costs.

In 2008, following a presentation at the Ascoli Piceno site, Thermal Energy International organised a bucket test to measure the live steam loss through the trap at various condensate load conditions.  This proved that the GEM technology was significantly more efficient over varying loads.

Instead of utilising a valve mechanism to close off steam for maximum energy and water conservation, the highly efficient GEM steam traps use their venturi orifice design to effectively drain condensate from the steam system. As the GEM steam traps have no moving parts to wedge open or fail, it provides the ultimate in reliability necessitating only minimal maintenance and requiring no spares, testing or monitoring equipment.  

Thermal Energy International’s local engineer began converting the whole site including drip legs, heating systems and tracing applications.  Support was provided by ELANTAS Deatech’s Technical Department in sizing the traps for some specific chemical processes.

“Thermal Energy International has supported the project throughout with a survey of the steam traps, a payback report and bucket test”, says Mr Giorgio Monni, Plant Manager at ELANTAS Deatech’s Ascoli Piceno plant.  “The GEM venturi steam system has provided us with real savings and the prospect of a large reduction in maintenance costs”.

Such has been the success of the GEM technology at the Ascoli Piceno site that Thermal Energy International received an additional order for GEM steam traps for the company’s site in China and this year received a further order for GEM traps for the Ascoli Piceno plant.

Available in a wide range of sizes for a full cross section of applications, the hardwearing GEM steam traps are manufactured from corrosion resistant stainless steel and are guaranteed for 10 years, eliminating the need for repair or replacement.  The GEM steam traps can provide a fast payback from reduced energy costs and increased equipment reliability.  In addition it can improve product processing by enhancing process control, and can also reduce equipment repairs, downtime and replacement costs. 

ELENTAS electrical insulation materials are found in electric motors, household appliances, cars, mill, computers, lamps, circuit boards and sensors.  Headquartered in Wesel, Germany, with a turnover in excess of 377,4 million euros, the company has eight manufacturing companies worldwide employing 918 people.

About Thermal Energy International

Thermal Energy International Inc. is an innovative clean technology company providing a variety of award winning energy efficiency, emission reduction, water efficiency and bio energy products and solutions to the industrial, commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Thermal Energy’s products include; GEM - Steam traps and condensate return systems, FLU-ACE - Direct contact condensing heat recovery, and Dry RexTM - Low temperature biomass drying systems. Thermal Energy International Inc. is also a fully accredited professional engineering firm, and offers advanced process and applications engineering services. FLU-ACE, GEM, DRY-REX, THERMALONOx, and THERMAL AUD are trademarks of Thermal Energy International Inc. Thermal Energy is a Canadian publicly traded company with shares listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “TMG”.  For more information, visit www.thermalenergy.com and www.gemtrap.com.

ABOUT ALTANA

The ALTANA specialty chemicals business is characterised by continual sustainable, above-average growth in both turnover and operating result. The company was founded in Wesel in 1962 with 12 employees generating a turnover of EUR 0.2 million in the additives business. By 2010 the company’s turnover had risen to EUR 1.53 billion and a workforce of 4,937 employees. In addition the company has made 35 acquisitions since 1988, which has been a major contribution to the success of the Group.

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