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The Alfacond plate condenser from Alfa Laval is a compact, space-saving module designed for steam-condensing duties using low to medium flows of steam in the power industry.

According to the company, the Alfacond’s modular design results in a smaller footprint and lighter weight than would be the case with more traditional condenser systems, such as shell and tube units.

The condenser’s higher thermal efficiency means that a smaller heat transfer area is needed.

It is said to be up to 80 per cent smaller than an equivalent tubular unit, thus reducing initial capital costs.

In addition, the smaller footprint also results in lower transportation, erection and installation costs to go with the energy savings that the module’s efficiency provides.

The financial benefits are further increased when the nature of a duty, such as a highly corrosive environment, makes it necessary to employ titanium or other exotic materials for the heat transfer plates.

The Alfacond comes pre-configured with all the subsystems and components required to ensure efficient, reliable steam condensation under the rated design conditions.

Different versions of the module are available with hourly capacities of up to 60 tons of steam and condensing temperatures of 45C to 60C.

At the heart of the system is an Alfacond plate surface condenser, developed specifically for highly efficient vacuum vapour condensation, which is complemented by a condensate vessel, pump equipment and vacuum system and all the requisite controls.

The system’s modular design is intended to make installation rapid and straightforward, minimising downtime and disruption during installation and ensuring safe, reliable performance.

Alfa Laval's operations are based on leading global positions in the three key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Continuous product development is essential to strengthen competitiveness. About 2.7 per cent of total sales are invested annually in research and development, resulting in 25–30 new product launches a year.

Alfa Laval's products are sold in approximately 100 countries, 50 of which have their own sales organisations. The company has 20 large production units (12 in Europe, six in Asia and two in the US) and 70 service centres.

The customer's peace of mind depends on having the right service setup. For Alfa Laval, service is a total concept that covers everything from supplying the smallest spare part to being a lifetime performance partner. Alfa Laval has a global network with more than 200 skilled service specialists, a broad range of competitive service solutions, unique expertise based on more than 120 years in business and service centres in hundreds of locations in more than 50 countries.

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