Vortex Energy Saver has been fully tested by Institute of Technology Tralee,a leading testing house with a long standing commitment to renewable energy and has a level 7 and 8 renewable energy management course. It is also pioneering renewable technologies through its facilities management group. It won a Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) energy award recently "Excellence In Coordinated Energy Management". This was the top prize in the category. Coupled with this the Engineering School has a strong research department and was recently awarded a FP7 research grant of £1.7 million to develop energy efficiencies in milking parlour systems. This was achieved in conjunction with other European Institutions and Dairymaster Milking Systems.
Quotes from Reports
"This increase in performance corresponded to a similar improvement in the boilers performance resulting in energy savings. A savings of 23.7% was calculated with the Vortex Energy Saver installed".
"When the concept of heating Degree Days is applied this equates to an overall improvement in efficiency of 21.75%"
In summary the systems with the Vortex installed outperformed the base system in term of Oxygen depletion, temperatures achieved, hot water temperature recovery and more importantly boiler efficiency leading to considerable savings in fuel and electricity.
Our smart energy saving device to remove dissolved Oxygen and prevent corrosion in a heating system has been fully tested by Institute Of Technology Tralee over a two year period. The reports demonstrate the reducing of Oxygen levels in a heating system down to an inert level and resulting in substantial energy savings and reduction in heating bills. The removal of the dissolved Oxygen will also prevent corrosion and as stated by The Energy Saving Trust, can prevent a further reduction of up to 15% efficiency of the heating system.
The removal of Oxygen from the heating water to a level below 0.5 PPM, generally regarded as inert, should prevent corrosion from the heating system. This would have the effect of reducing ongoing maintenance due to rusting of radiators, blocked pipes etc. According to the Energy Saving Trust in the UK tests in laboratories and homes indicate that the efficiency of heating systems can fall by as much as 15% where magnetites created by corrosion are present in the system.
Corrosion occurs whenever a gas or liquid chemically attacks an exposed surface usually a metal and it is accelerated by warm temperatures. Normally corrosion products such as rust stay on the surface and can protect it from further corrosion and removing these deposits re-opens the surface and corrosion continues. Traditional heating systems consist of iron in radiators, a heating fluid, water and generally run at temperatures in excess of 45 °C. so all the ingredients for corrosion are present and this generally occurs in the radiators. Corrosion or rusting has a significant economic cost. It has been estimated that the cost of corrosion is over 1% of the world’s economy and that a quarter of the steel produced in the USA goes towards replacing rusted material.
The rusting process is a complex one but in its simplest form it involves the formation of a hydrated oxide such as Fe(OH)3 or FeO(OH). The process requires the presence of water, oxygen and an electrolyte. If any one of these are absent then you can help prevent corrosion.
Rusting is a redox reaction involving the loss and gain of electrons between reactants. An electro-chemical cell is created with impurity sites in the iron acting as cathodes for the reduction of O2 gas and a region of the metal surface acting as the anode where the oxidation of iron occurs. The process is complex and will depend on the prevailing conditions such as the temperature, amount of impurities, quantity of oxygen in the water and a small amount of O2 will initiate a regenerative corrosion process. The rust then forms a coating that can slow further corrosion if left undisturbed by the weather or other influences.
In a heating system the oxidation of the iron (corrosion) is usually localised in surface pits and crevices which would normally allow the formation of adherent rust over the surface which in other conditions would slow the corrosion process down. However in a heating system the adherent rust can be flushed away and further corrosion can occur in the same place in the radiator.
Installing a Vortex Energy Saver as proven by the test reports will removed the dissolved Oxygen down below an inert level. This will save on heating costs as well as help to prevent corrosion in the heating system. For further information on the savings possible please visit our savings page for details test reports and case studies please visit the downloads page.