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Belesta Increases Energy Efficiency

Posted: Wednesday 30th July 2008

Growing pressures on water companies to mitigate the impact of climate change by reducing energy consumption as a result of more stringent environmental standards, is a major challenge this industry is facing today.

Poor lubrication of equipment results in accelerated wear and premature failure of machinery, and also leads to reduced efficiency through frictional losses. Noise and heat are give away signs of friction, and a poorly lubricated gearbox can result in up to 5-10% extra power consumption.

Belesta, a division of Belzona Polymerics Limited, has an innovative range of friction reducing lubrication products that are commonly used in the water and wastewater industry. The unique synbionic technology on which these products are based dramatically enhances the performance of existing lubricants.

Belesta polymeric lubricant concentrates are added at 5% to the host lubricant and are attracted to the positively charged metal surface as a result of their negative polarity. Friction is reduced by the permanent presence of a mono- molecular layer of Belesta lubricant which is electronically bound to the metal surface. In addition, the unique chemistry of Belesta means that chemical entities responsible for providing extreme pressure and anti- wear properties are built directly into the polymer backbone. Belesta ensures that even under the most severe loads, frictional losses and wear are kept to minimum, resulting in optimal efficiency of operation.

By way of example the treatment of 24 Fenner gearboxes fitted to sewerage aerator units with Belesta LC resulted in a 6.47% reduction in power consumption. This equated to an annual saving of 4147 with the cost of Belesta used being only 220.

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