Atlas Copco first to offer certified ‘net zero energy consumption’ compressors - the ‘Carbon Zero’ Range
Antwerp, Belgium, June 30, 2009: Atlas Copco’s Oil-free Air division has announced that the company’s ZR series of water-cooled oil-free air compressors with built-in energy recovery systems is the first in the world to be TÜV certified for ‘net zero energy consumption’ at specific design conditions. It has been proven that 100% of the electrical power input could be recovered in the form of hot water. With these ‘Carbon Zero’ compressors, industries using a great deal of hot water and steam such as food & beverage, dairies, pulp & paper, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petrochemicals, power plants, clean rooms and textiles can dramatically cut down on their energy bill.
“We are very pleased to offer our customers a compressed air solution which can recover 100% of the input energy,” says Stephan Kuhn, President of Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. “Today our customers face stringent targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. With the Carbon Zero compressor, customers can get compressed air virtually for free, which has significant impact towards preserving the environment and also on their bottom line.”
While the Carbon Zero compressor compresses air, all the input electrical energy is converted into heat. This heat appears at different compressor components. The challenge is really to pick up this heat from all the components which are the compression elements, the oil cooler, intercooler and aftercooler. The built-in energy recovery system circulates cool water through all these components and as a result of the heat transfer, yields hot water at up to 90°C. This hot water can find several applications in the industry.
The hot water or steam is normally generated using industrial boilers which consume electricity or fuels like heating oil or natural gas. When using hot water from the compressor, either directly or as pre-heated boiler feed water, the consumption of fuel can be either dramatically reduced or be eliminated. This results in significant energy savings.
Chris Lybaert, President of Atlas Copco’s Oil-free Air Division says “In summary, the Carbon Zero compressor offers our customers a double-win with enormous environmental benefits along with increased profitability.”
Atlas Copco may be required to disclose the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act.
For further information please contact:
- Chris Lybaert, President Atlas Copco Compressor Technique - Oil-free Air Division
Tel: +32 3 870 22 09
Oil-free Air is a division within Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets oil-free air compressors for all kind of industries worldwide where the air quality is vital, and oil-injected compressors for less critical applications. The division focuses on air optimization systems and quality air solutions to further improve customers’ productivity. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.
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