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Synergy Health in Sheffield has reduced gas consumption in its boiler by 11 per cent thanks to a heat recovery system from Spirax Sarco.

Faced with ever-increasing fuel costs, Synergy Health commissioned Spirax Sarco to supply and project manage the installation of a skid-mounted Flash Recovery Energy Management Equipment (FREME) system.

The FREME system recovers the energy in condensate and flash steam from around the plant and uses it to preheat the pressurised feed water to the boiler.

Before the project, water entered the boiler at around 90C, but it now arrives at 130C.

Supplying hotter feed water reduces the amount of work the boiler needs to do to raise steam.

The FREME system ensures that as much flash steam as possible is condensed and returned to the feed tank, thus reducing water and chemical treatment costs.

Darren Haddock, operations manager at Synergy Health, said: ‘To validate the scheme, we installed gas, water and steam meters before the FREME system was put in place.

‘Since the installation, we have been able to see great savings in all of these areas, specifically our gas usage,’ he added.

Synergy Health provides complete linen management services to the healthcare sector.

Spirax Sarco benefits built on knowledge. Spirax Sarco has all the products, services and expertise needed to make the best investments in building and maintaining a steam or industrial fluid plant.

A complete and flexible range of services is available to cover any need from supplying an individual steam trap, to a complete new plant and everything in between. Spirax Sarco Services can help identify, improve and sustain steam system efficiency at every point in the steam and condensate loop.

In addition, custom-built solutions can be created to take a project from design and build to commissioning, support and scheduled maintenance on time and on budget. Pioneers in steam, Spirax Sarco has developed longstanding relationships with customers across a wide range of industries, including hospitals; food & beverage; pharmaceutical; oil and petrochemical; and waste and waste water. Forward thinking to keep you one step ahead As the market leader in steam systems, Spirax Sarco has the market presence and resources to keep abreast of the latest legislative and technological developments.

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Spirax Sarco can provide all the training that your staff requires, either on-site or at the Cheltenham-based training centre, for nationally recognised qualifications including BTEC, City & Guilds and the Boiler Operative Accreditation Scheme (BOAS).

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