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A healthcare company dealing with bioscience, medication delivery and renal products is saving GBP36,000 a year in energy costs after installing steam traps from Thermal Energy International.

The company has installed 85 Thermal Energy International’s Gem steam traps at one of its process plants, achieving a 20 per cent energy saving in 18 months.

Having installed Gem venturi steam traps at another of its European sites, the company asked Thermal Energy International to conduct a survey of its mechanical traps, which were regularly failing open, partly open and closed.

The report from Thermal Energy International showed that approximately 20 per cent of the steam traps on the site were failing open, resulting in 7,568 tonnes of steam being lost each year at a cost of GBP36,000.

This was increasing energy and maintenance costs, reducing production time and having an environmental impact by creating 1,067 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Thermal Energy International explained that by replacing the existing traps with the Gem venturi orifice design, blocked steam traps could be prevented from impacting on production.

By efficiently returning condensate back to the boilers, energy savings would be achieved.

During the following 12 months, all 85 mechanical traps were replaced with appropriately sized Gem steam traps.

Instead of utilising a valve mechanism to close off steam for maximum energy and water conservation, the efficient Gem steam traps use the 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 high reliability and needs only minimal maintenance.

The steam traps require no spares, testing or monitoring equipment.

The Gem steam traps are available in a range of sizes for a full cross-section of applications.

They are manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and are guaranteed for 10 years, obviating the need for repair or replacement.

The Gem steam traps are said to provide fast payback from reduced energy costs and increased equipment reliability die to a reduction in damaging condensate in steam systems.

In addition it improves product processing by enhancing the quality of steam and also reduces equipment repairs, downtime and replacement costs.

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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