Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:17

Energy excellence in welding

Showing excellent energy and monetary savings by the use of innovative welding techniques, Gas Management Solutions has been a regular award winner for the reduction of gas consumption in industry.

By using economisers that optimise the welding process, together with accurate flow meters for measurement together with smart leak detection methods, gas savings of up to 90% can be achieved.
Gas Management Solutions are worthy winners of the Energy Excellence Award it received at the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE) awards ceremony, which was held in November 2011, with verified gas savings of 90% through welding innovation.

Already a Da Vinci Technology Top 100 qualifier and past winner of a SA Stainless Steel Development Association Award for welding, as well as the 2010 Eskom eta Award winner for the industrial innovation category, Gas Management Solutions has equally impressed the judges of the SAEE Awards committee.

Using Gas Management Solutions’ welding enabled Kwikot, the largest local manufacturer of hot-water geysers, to reduce its monthly gas consumption in 2010 from 32t to 4t, which resulted in financial savings that exceed R1,2-million per annum.

A return on investment of less than six months, coupled with the energy savings, environmental benefits and transportation of gas with its resultant vehicle wear-and-tear delivers inarguable benefits to any organisation that utilises welding systems.

Gas Management Solutions uses shield-gas economisers to optimise the welding process, paired with accurate flow meters for measurement and smart leak-detection methods employing ultrasonic equipment – the result is 90% gas savings, mega MW’s as 60% of the total cost of a cylinder is to produce the gas, much lower emissions due to reduced road transport and overall good business practice.   

Prof LJ Grobler, president of the SAEE, said: “The SAEE finds it encouraging that solutions are sought in every avenue by inventive individuals and organisations, and that solutions are not limited to the obvious energy-saving opportunities.”

He continues: “This year we had a number of entrants that were exceptional for the annual SAEE Energy Awards Programme. The projects had very good returns and demonstrated that energy-efficiency does make good business sense.” Companies are encouraged to enter their projects to enhance the positive initiatives that materialise in the country.

The 7th Southern African Energy-Efficiency Convention (SAEEC2012) will be held at Emperors Palace in Gauteng on 14-15 November 2012.

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