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Spirax Sarco wins IChemE Innovation and Excellence Award in Energy for 2009

16 November 2009

Spirax Sarco has beaten off international competition to win the IChemE Innovation and Excellence Award in Energy for 2009. The award recognises the best project or process to demonstrate innovation in renewable energy, alternative energy sources, or efficient energy use.

The steam leader won the award for its Flash Recovery Energy Management Equipment (FREME) engineered system. It is proven to achieve energy savings of up to 26 percent and can be used across the majority of industries, including Brewing & Distilling, Food & Beverage, Hospitals & Healthcare, Oil & Petrochemical and many more.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award,” said Marcus Bellot, Marketing & Development Manager of Spirax Sarco. “We are committed to producing innovative energy saving solutions and services that can improve the efficiency of any steam system.

“With the right controls and engineered systems, like FREME, steam will continue to meet environmental challenges and cement its position as the leading industrial heating medium for the foreseeable future. We estimate that in the UK, FREME has saved over 10,000 tonnes of CO2. We believe this will significantly increase as the technology becomes accepted as the best practice across all industries.”

IChemE Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Brown said: “We received a record number of award entries this year from over 20 countries. Winning an IChemE Award is an outstanding achievement and I congratulate the Spirax Sarco team on their success.”

FREME creates a completely sealed steam system and transfers the heat from the flash steam and recovered condensate into the high pressure side of the boiler feed pumps. Temperatures in the feedtank can therefore exceed 100°C without causing pump cavitation ensuring that virtually all returned energy is used by the system. Heat and water previously discarded can now be recycled, reducing energy and water treatment costs and CO2 emissions.

FREME works by first separating the flash steam from the condensate. The separate flash steam and condensate each travel through a dedicated plate heat exchanger to heat the pressurised feed water before it enters the boiler. The two returning streams are then recombined.

Recovering condensate from industrial steam systems is a well-established energy-saving practice. Energy from condensate is used to pre-heat boiler feed water, which raises boiler efficiency and lowers emissions. Each 6C rise in feed water temperature typically knocks 1% off a boiler’s energy consumption.

The IChemE Awards recognise and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence. Now in their 16th year, the IChemE Awards celebrate both individual and achievement.

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