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SKF solutions for aeration blower system cuts energy costs by up to 40 percent

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    2013 April 08, 08:00 CEST

    Gothenburg, 07, April 2013: SKF today announced the launch of an energy efficient high speed permanent magnet motor solution for aeration blowers in wastewater facilities, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent. In wastewater facilities, the aeration blower system can demand as much as 80 percent of the plant’s total energy consumption, so the SKF solution offers the potential to make huge energy savings. When used in a 350 kW blower it may result in annual savings of 500,000 kWh, which equals a 375-ton reduction in CO2 emissions. The SKF solution for aeration blower systems is included in the SKF BeyondZero* portfolio.

    “SKF has developed a new, innovative and sustainable solution that targets the market challenges faced by the water and wastewater industry. The SKF solution for aeration blower systems meets the demand for energy efficiency and the need for reduction of maintenance and service costs, as well as the requirement to comply with air quality and safety standards. Compared with a traditional blower, the SKF solution in a 350 kW centrifugal air blower offers payback on investments in one year from energy savings alone”,says Vincent Megret, Managing Director, SKF Magnetic Systems. 

    The SKF solution for aeration blower systems comprises a high-speed permanent magnet motor (PMM) that can deliver between 75 kW-350 kW, active magnetic bearings (AMB) and integrated AMB control system. This range of oil-free motor solutions has a number of features that enhance performance; for example, unlike traditional induction motors, the PMM maintains efficiency at half-load and half-speed operation. The SKF solution for aeration blower systems also uses less mechanical parts than traditional drive systems, which means reduced maintenance, while powerful built-in monitoring and diagnostic capabilities maintain high performance and reliability. 

    *The SKF BeyondZero product portfolio contains products that offer enhanced environmental performance characteristics. To be included in the SKF BeyondZero portfolio, SKF products, services and solutions must deliver significant environmental benefits.

    Aktiebolaget SKF

    For further information, please contact:
    Nia Kihlström, SKF Group Communication, +46 31-337 2897; +46 706 67 28 97;
    Colin Roberts, SKF Group Communication; +31 30 6075608; +31 653 944 111;

    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2012 were SEK 64,757 million and the number of employees was 46,775.

    ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.
    ™ BeyondZero is a trademark of the SKF Group.

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