Opcon delivers compressor stations to the particle accelerator at CERN
The Renewable Energy business area of Opcon, the energy and environmental technology Group, and its development centre, SRM, has received an order from CERN, one of the world’s largest research centres, based near Geneva in Switzerland. The order is for two compressor stations for compression of helium.
The stations are part of the compressor system for helium that is being used to cool superconducting magnets to close to absolute zero in the ATLAS detector at CERN.
The ATLAS project is one of six experiments being carried out at the 27-km Large Hadron Collider that is being used to conduct research in fundamental physics. In the particle accelerator the superconducting magnets are cooled to 1.8 degrees Kelvin (around –271 ° Celsius), which is colder than outer space. In addition to CERN’s 2,500 employees, the centre in Geneva is used by around 8,000 visiting researchers, or around half of the world’s particle physicists, from 580 universities.
The two units will be delivered in 2011 and they complement and modernise two existing units that are around 20 years old in a system of around 40 compressor stations. They will also help to increase reserve capacity for both low and high pressure.
“We are very pleased to once again be given the opportunities to help create the right conditions for the advanced research taking place at CERN. This is the second time they have come to us to help modernise the compressor system that cools the thousands of superconducting magnets in the particle accelerator,” says Per Hedebäck, head of the Opcon Renewable Energy business area.
“To have CERN as a returning customer is clear proof that we have high levels of competence in cooling technology, compressor technology and heat transfer, and that customers trust us. We see opportunities for doing more business with CERN in coming years as they modernise the compressor plant that was built 20 years ago. Other plants of this type are naturally also of interest for us, such as the planned construction of ITER in Lund, Sweden,” says Per Hedebäck.
Order value is some 8 MSEK excluding options.
Svenska Rotor Maskiner AB (SRM) is a part of Opcon’s Renewable Energy business area. In 2008, SRM celebrated 100 years of industrialization and development of technology for effective and resource-efficient energy usage. SRM was founded in 1908 as AB Ljungströms Ångturbin, in order to develop the double rotation steam turbine which was invented by Birger Ljungström and that was later sold to what today is the turbine manufacturer, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB. For over 100 years, SRM has developed a number of products for the world market and since the 1930’s has developed compressor technologies, with major licensees such as Atlas Copco, Hitachi, IR, Carrier, York, Trane, Kobelco, among others. This technological basis today forms an important part of the Renewable Energy business area’s efforts to recover electricity from waste heat, including Opcon Powerbox.
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The Opcon Group
Opcon is an energy and environmental technology Group that develops, produces and markets systems and products for eco-friendly, efficient and resource-effective use of energy.
Opcon has activities in Sweden, China, Germany and the UK. There are around 410 employees. The company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. The Group comprises two business areas:
Renewable Energy focuses on generating electricity from waste heat, bioenergy, systems for handling natural gas, industrial cooling, recycling of heat, drying of biomass, treatment of flue gases, handling systems for biomass, etc., air systems for fuel cells and measurement and monitoring of processes.
Engine Efficiency focuses on energy-efficient solenoid technology and ignition systems for combustion engines including ethanol, natural gas and biogas engines.