Deal for energy-saving compressor design


Lontra CEO Steve Lyndsey sitting beside a Blade Compressor assembly.

MIDLANDS firm Lontra has secured the first global license for its Blade Compressor™ technology. The deal signed in April with pumping equipment manufacturer Sulzer 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 20% that no current compressor technology can match.
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: “We’re challenging the industry to think differently about compressor technology to deliver a better performance and significant energy savings across a wide range of industries.”
The advantage of the Blade Compressor is that it is the geometry of the design rather than advanced materials that deliver the superior performance. Developers can therefore expect maximum reliability and minimal life cycle cost, according to Sulzer.

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