Alfa Laval – an expert in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – in partnership with Stena Recycling, is to launch a ground-breaking business model for sustainable and environmentally efficient recycling of heat exchangers, enabling up to 100 percent metal regeneration.
The partnership is a first step towards a circular approach to the company’s product portfolio, and an important part of Alfa Laval’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.
The goal is twofold: Firstly, to encourage replacement of less energy-efficient plate heat exchangers by new modern products (which will lead to significant energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions in customers’ processes).
Secondly, plate heat exchangers contain large amounts of valuable metal that can be recycled and reused in new products; Stena Recycling’s technology enables up to 100 percent metal regeneration.
“This is an important step towards a more circular and sustainable approach when sourcing material, manufacturing and supplying our products,” said Susanne Pahlén Åklundh, President of the Energy Division. “Starting in the Nordic region, the recycling initiative will include three types of heat exchangers. However, we see great opportunities to expand the scope to other product groups and geographical areas in the future. This initiative is a win-win, to the benefit of our customers as well as to society.”