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Lontra wins environment and energy award 2015

Lontra has picked up the prize for best Energy Product/Service at the Environment and Energy Awards 2015.

 

The Midlands firm won having impressed the judging panel with the success story of its revolutionary Blade Compressor®. The annual awards – now in their 16th year – celebrate excellence in energy and water management and outstanding business sustainability performance.

 

Steve Lindsey, founder and CEO of Lontra and designer of the Blade Compressor®, says:

“It’s great to win at the Environment and Energy Awards. This accolade is further recognition of how far we’ve come and what we can achieve.”

 

Lontra saw off competition from four other contenders for the Energy Product/Service Award having been one of 67 finalists whittled down from hundreds of entries in 11 categories by industry experts. The fast-growing Napton-based company was crowned during a ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 22 April 2015.

 

Lontra’s proven and patent protected Blade Compressor® is the first clean sheet compressor design in 80 years. A circular mechanism replaces the old ‘up and down’ piston technology, compressing air – or gas – in front and inducing the air behind in continuous motion, minimising waste.

 

The technology has already been demonstrated to great acclaim in the Water Industry, where in a trial with Severn Trent Water the Blade Compressor® delivered energy savings of 21%. It has since been licensed to Sulzer for the £600m per annum (pa) municipal and regulated waste water sector.

Lontra secures multi-million deal with global manufacturer Sulzer

Novel IP has potential to reduce energy bills in water treatment by 20%.

 

Lontra, a fast growing Midlands firm, has secured the first global license for its Blade Compressor® technology. The deal signed today with Sulzer, a global leader in pumping equipment with 21 manufacturing facilities worldwide, will see aeration equipment incorporating the British technology sold across 150 countries.

 

The Blade Compressor® was awarded Most Innovative New Product at the 2013 Water Industry Achievement Awards and described as a “step change in air compressor technology”. The novel design means the compact double acting rotary compressor is simple to manufacture. It has been proven in commercial operation with Severn Trent Water to deliver energy savings of over 20% compared to existing compressor technology.

 

The licensing deal provides Sulzer with global rights to incorporate the Blade Compressor® design into aeration equipment for the treatment of waste water. Sulzer offers a wide range of aeration systems for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. The deal does not restrict the ability of Lontra to license the Blade Compressor® across related applications such as industrial compressed air.

 

Steve Lindsey, CEO and founder of Lontra, commented:

“Today’s deal with Sulzer is significant, but it’s the first of many potential applications of our intellectual property. We’re challenging the industry to think differently about compressor technology to deliver a better performance, better reliability and significant energy savings across a wide range of industries.”

 

Scot Smith, Division President of Sulzer Pumps Equipment, remarked:

“Incorporating Lontra’s technology into our product portfolio will provide our customers with the high-tech solutions they need to significantly reduce their energy and operations costs for this type of equipment. The advantage of the Blade Compressor® is that it is the geometry of the design rather than advanced materials that deliver the superior performance. We therefore expect maximum reliability and minimal life cycle cost.”

 

Water treatment is an energy intensive activity; accounting for 1% of the UK’s energy usage. Energy typically represents 28% of the operating costs of water industry operations, with aeration accounting for 55% of this . Severn Trent Water’s Chief Executive Tony Wray said that the Lontra Blade Compressor would save them £1.8M a year in electricity costs and reduce their carbon emissions by 3% if rolled out across their estate.

 

The Blade Compressor® is an innovative design which delivers significant efficiency gains over competing technologies. Its unique geometry gives internal compression with very low leakage and low inlet and outlet flow losses. The low leakage allows a wide range of efficient operation and allows the compressor to be directly coupled to a standard industrial motor rather than requiring a gearbox or belt drive. It is oil free and is made from standard, proven materials, the benefits coming from the geometry rather than novel materials or expensive machining.