UK Heads for True Efficiency
Energy and Water Efficiency Improved
Here in the UK, we’re stuck in a vicious cycle. The wholesale price of energy is decreasing yet our consumer bills are increasing. Fuel costs have never been higher and they keep rising year on year. We are neither referring solely to electricity costs, nor the domestic consumer market. Energy prices are escalating across the board. Because of this the UK Heads for True Efficiency.
Industrial energy plans and fuel costs are also rising and there appears no end to this in sight. These increases, alongside the mounting need to achieve “green” or “eco” status, have encouraged the current trend of maximising efficiency, i.e. improving the efficiency of every power and heating system within your business. Taking steps towards more efficient systems, more efficient fuel and more efficient water supplies are all small changes that combine to make massive improvements.
Many companies and industries focus on their boilers or power systems, often overlooking the resources they put into these systems, when looking to increase efficiency. It is easy to imagine making an engine more efficient but, what about the fuel itself? Water, Gas and Oil are the most commonly overlooked resource.
Hard water affects 70% of the United Kingdom (by population) and has detrimental impacts in countries across the world. Calcium carbonate – or limescale as it is better known – damages water systems. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk. The water picks up these minerals bringing them into your water system and transfers them. These minerals then harden when exposed to heat and result in the consequential build up that we call limescale. Limescale narrows pipes, blocks jets, reduces thermal efficiency and is expensive to remove. According to The Carbon Trust, “a 1mm layer of limescale will cause a 7% increase in energy input to the boiler to meet the same demand”. In a moderately hard water area, 3mm of limescale can form in just a few months.
In the United Kingdom, the simple act of descaling is estimated to cost industry over one billion a year. Further billions are wasted in lost production and downtime, early renewal of equipment, chemicals and increased energy and water costs. There are also major Health & Safety considerations of limescale, including the proliferation of Legionella and other bacteria.
ENiGMA - Water Conditioner
How can you make your water more efficient? You employ specialist and non-invasive products. Using modern microprocessors and signal processing techniques, the ENiGMA electronic frequency generator produces a complex, modulating frequency waveform. When this waveform is applied to water, the energy induced in the water causes the premature precipitation of the calcium. The precipitation occurs in the bulk of the water, thus the calcium crystals seed onto other naturally occurring ions in the water, such as zinc, copper, iron, etc. Simply, the water holds onto the calcium and bonds with other ions to stop surface scale.
This process results in an increase in solubility, which allows the now unsaturated water to dissolve existing scale and remove it from the water system. Even deposits on the outside of the water system, e.g. on washroom fittings, will soften when in regular contact with the treated water and will soon be easy to wipe away without the use of corrosive chemicals.
For those that don’t understand the more scientific terms, the ENiGMA device produces high frequency wave’s across a wide spectrum, what this does is help to increase the solubility of the water. This in turn helps to clear limescale out of the pipes and system as well as prevent any further build up.
eeMGee - Fuel Conditioner
The eeMGee system uses a similar principle on hydrocarbon fuels, however instead of electronic frequency modulation, it uses focused magnetic fields to enhance the efficiency of the fuel. The hydrogen in the fuel this structure occurs in two distinct isomeric forms; Para and ortho. It is characterised by the opposite nucleus spins. The ortho state of hydrogen is more effective than the para state for maximum complete combustion. However, this ortho state can be achieved by introducing strong magnetic field along the fuel line, through a process known as diamagnetism (hydrocarbons are diamagnetic by nature).
To test this Vivek Ugare, Nikkil Bhave and Sandeep Lutude experimented with the effect of magnets on a combustion engine, publishing their results in the International Journal of Research in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. All of the exhaust gas emissions such as CO, CO2, HC and NOX were measured using an exhaust gas analyser. With the application of a strong magnetic field, the percentage reduction in fuel consumption was about 12%, the percentage reduction in hydrocarbons was 27% and the percentage reduction of CO was 11%.
This kind of fuel conditioning also creates:
- A rise in flame temperature of up to 120°, which means that the water in a boiler reaches the target termperature sooner, reducing lead time.
- Less fuel is burned when reaching the target temperature, thus reducing cost and carbon spend.
- The burner’s ‘burning time’ is reduced, which lowers maintenance costs. Thus there are fewer emissions for the same volume of fuel consumed.
Making fuel more efficient in this way will improve the overall functionality of your system. This has been proven, as the businesses who use eeMGee have saved an average of 16.5% on their fuel costs since implementation. The payback period for most businesses that use eeMGee is under 3 years.
Products like these two are not miracle cures, nor are they the next big fad; they have been around for years and they work. We have many clients who have saved money and energy thanks to ENiGMA and eeMGee. These products stop you fretting over large maintenance costs; once fitted there is no further follow up needed to help you reap the benefits.
Making your fuel efficient plays large part in making your system more efficient. It is relatively common knowledge that burning hydrocarbons produces soot. By altering the fuel and encouraging a cleaner burn, less soot is deposited and less environmentally dangerous gasses are produced. With high frequencies you can actually reverse the spread of limescale, which as we all know is essentially pipe poison that can decimate water systems very quickly (you have likely seen the Calgon adverts – imagine that on industrial washing machines, plus the cost for large scale solution treatment).
Efficiency and green credentials may be all the rage, and rightfully so, but we as businesses need to be efficient in every aspect of our business. In terms of something as simple as fuel, one would often overlook this as something that couldn’t already be improved, or something that is improved at the manufacturers/refineries. There are other ways and as a result you can save money (and the planet) in the process.