Environmental technology has won Gardner Energy Management of Bristol two national awards.
The company has developed a steam trap that has no moving parts, avoiding the usual problems of breakdown and costly maintenance.
It has already been shortlisted as a Millennium Product, and its potential contribution to energy conservation recently secured it the Engineering Council’s environmental award for engineers.
Steam traps separate condensate so that steam can be returned to the boiler and re-used.
Traditional traps can fail when the valve sticks in the open position. The GEM Trap has a Venturi orifice which is designed to overcome the problem of blockage.
In trials, energy savings of 30 55% have been achieved. Also, less CO2 is produced and less steam released to the atmosphere.
The GEM Trap has already attracted interest from big users of steam, such as brewing companies and naval dockyards.