Earlier this week, Swedish production company Alfa Laval announced that in September of this year it would be opening the doors of a new service centre in Germany which can recycle almost 100% of its water.
The new 5,200 square metre centre will be one of the largest of its kind- designed for plate heat exchangers, and will service customers in Germany, France, and the Benelux countries. Of the water used in the station’s reconditioning process, 95% will be recycled.
The announcement sits within the company’s wider aim of recycling all of its water by 2030.
“Service of our installed base is vital for developing partnerships with our customers. By combining availability, high service levels and sustainable service processes, we provide our customers an attractive offering which very few of our competitors can match,” says Joakim Vilson, President of Global Sales and Service in a statement. “In addition, plate heat exchangers, when properly cleaned, also have a positive impact on the environment since they save CO2 emissions over time when operating in optimal conditions.”
In the same media release, the firm estimates that approximately 1-2.5% of global CO2 emissions are caused by poorly managed industrial heat exchangers.
It’s been a big month for the company, with the firm announcing at the beginning of July that it has invested in Marine Performance Systems, a Danish-Dutch maritime technology and marine engineering company that uses bubbles with fluidics to reduce marine vessel’s fuel consumption by between 8-12%. Currently, friction in marine vessels is the greatest contributor to fuel consumption. Using bubbles to counteract this is not a new idea, but Alfa Laval’s latest investment will help to bring this technology into commercialisation.
“This innovative friction reduction technology further expands our toolbox for sustainable shipping, and with investments like this we continue to support our marine customers in their transition to more efficient and sustainable operations,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division.