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Thermal Energy International (TEI) has announced that the Diageo Runcorn packaging plant has installed a total of 71 Venturi Orifice GEM steam traps.

This has enabled the facility to make savings in energy, replacement costs and maintenance of its steam traps.

The Diageo Runcorn plant is home to the only Guinness bottling and canning site in the UK, packaging and distributing some three million hectolitres of beer every year.

Beer is sent to the Runcorn facility from the main Guinness brewery in St James’s Gate, Dublin, and then packed into bottles, cans or kegs for distribution.

Steam plays a key role at every stage of the plant’s operation.

Prior to the installation of the GEM steam traps, each year an inspection and replacement of the plant’s steam traps was undertaken to replace those that had failed open, thereby wasting expensive steam, or jamming shut, risking water hammer and system failure.

Aware that steam-trap failure was also costing the plant thousands of pounds in lost energy and increased replacement and maintenance costs, Diageo looked for a solution.

GEM steam traps were selected.

A site survey carried out by a TEI engineer showed that a proportion of the steam traps on the site were failing fully open, some had failed closed and some were partially worn open.

This was increasing energy and maintenance costs and reducing production time, as well as having an environmental impact by creating additional amounts of CO2 emissions each year.

TEI explained that by replacing the existing traps with the GEM Venturi Orifice design, steam traps would be prevented from blocking and impacting on production and by efficiently returning condensate back to the boilers, energy savings would be made.

A total of 71 mechanical traps were replaced with appropriately sized GEM steam traps.

Thermal Energy International Inc is an innovative technology company providing custom energy and emission reduction solutions. Our award-winning energy recovery, conservation and bioenergy solutions provide significant financial and environmental benefits to our customers. Our experience and talent in waste energy recovery recycling and bio-energy conversion solutions are unrivalled. These solutions provide our clients with typical energy cost savings of 10 per cent to 35 per cent or more with commensurate reductions in greenhouse gases and other emissions.

We go beyond the realm of single application or product competitors and instead provide our clients with maximum opportunities to reduce energy and emissions. Through a unique mix of process, energy, environmental, financial and other expertise combined with the best technology solutions and financial offerings, our clients can expect compelling returns exceeding 30 per cent and solutions with an excellent track record of longevity, proven reliability and performance.

Thermal Energy's core business provides three primary client benefits:

  • Energy consumption and cost reduction
  • Commensurate greenhouse gas and emission reductions
  • Excellent financial returns

With energy cost trends projecting steady increases over the next several years, our solutions provide increasingly more attractive returns and a means for our clients to shield themselves against ever-increasing energy costs.

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