Burning unused gases
causes a great deal of pollution worldwide. This raw material could also be put
to meaningful use.
A total of 150
million cubic meters of flare gas was burned to no good purpose in 2015 alone.
Flare gas is a flammable mixture of gases generated in the course of petroleum
production in refineries or in the (petro)chemical industry. “With
energy costs rising, such gases could be used as a cheap fuel for distributed
power plants, for example,” says Philipp Gingter, Head of Sales
Screw Compressors and spokesperson for Fast Track Project #4. “Although
the harmful emissions wouldn’t be prevented, the energy contained
in the flare gas would be utilized.”
Based on the current
product portfolio, the Fast Track Project is looking into the complete
solutions that MDT can offer in order to use flare gas in an economically
rational way. “In the
absence of political regulation, interest in such solutions is totally
dependent on cost effectiveness,” Philipp Gingter explains. The project
team is therefore developing a project assessment tool that customers can use
to calculate whether the proposed MDT solution would be cost-effective for
them. A decision will be taken on whether to market the solutions envisaged in
Fast Track Project #4 officially when this tool is ready in December.
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