Opcon teams up with Alfa Laval in Opcon Powerbox project
Opcon, the energy and environmental technology Group, has entered into a partnership project together with Alfa Laval focused on the integration of the two companies’ technology and on increased system sales. The project will integrate Opcon Powerbox, which generates electricity production from waste heat, with Alfa Laval’s heat exchanger technology in order to offer customers in the electricity-intensive process industry innovative system solutions for energy savings and electricity production. The first stage will see Alfa Laval’s sales organisation in the Benelux countries test the system sales concept. The project will aim to examine in practical terms the prospects for more extensive co-operation. The two companies will also consider the possibilities of using Alfa Laval’s heat exchanger technology to increase the competitiveness of Opcon Powerbox and create added sales for Alfa Laval. “This is a very exciting project for us. With its global and highly competent organisation, Alfa Laval is an extremely attractive partner for Opcon. This applies to the sales side where we see great opportunities together with Alfa Laval to offer customers innovative solutions that have great potential for energy savings and carbon-free generation of electricity using Opcon Powerbox. It also applies on the technology side, where we expect Alfa Laval’s products and extensive know how in heat exchanger technology to boost the competitive strength of Opcon Powerbox,” says Rolf Hasselström, President and CEO of Opcon AB. “By using Alfa Laval’s energy-efficient heat exchanger solutions our customers can reduce their energy costs while cutting their carbon emissions. This partnership with Opcon means that we can offer yet another innovative application area for the utilisation of waste heat,” says Hans Dahlén, Segments Manager Process Industry, Alfa Laval AB. Opcon Powerbox has been developed by Opcon to produce carbon-free electricity from waste and surplus heat starting at temperatures as low as 55°C. Opcon Powerbox, 0.74 MW in standard form, can be installed, for example, in large process plants, power plants, on large diesel engines or on large ships. Opcon Powerbox utilises waste heat to produce electricity from a source that would otherwise be wasted. Waste heat has enormous, largely unutilised potential. According to the American Energy Department there is more waste and surplus heat available in American industry than electricity production from all renewable energy sources in the US combined.