Archive: March 2016
A consortium led by, Midlands-based company, Lontra has been awarded a £1.5 million Energy Catalyst grant from Innovate UK to support business-led innovations, bringing concepts to commercial readiness.
The consortium, set up by 2020 Power Generation Ltd (2PG) with Integral Powertrain Ltd, and Nottingham University aims to increase the fuel efficiency of the 2PG engine used for 1MW power generation – the most common size of generator used for applications ranging from data centres to manufacturing plants.
The two year project, which includes further development of Integral Powertrain’s world leading electric motor generator (MGU) technology, will reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, contributing to the Government’s goals to reduce energy emissions by 35% by 2020.
With its engine heritage, proven innovation, high power density and high speed motors, Integral Powertrain’s e-Drive division is developing a turbo-compounding arrangement to work in-conjunction with Lontra’s Blade Compressor® to be applied to the 2020 Power Generation engine. This technology is scalable so could be applied to engines in other markets such as truck, LCV, off-highway, etc. The grant provides funding to take the Integral Powertrain turbo compounding and Lontra Blade Compressor® technologies from concept through to hardware and testing stages.
Lontra is a fast growing Midlands firm licensing IP to technical and commercial partners. The business has projected annual licensed product sales of over £20 million. Lontra’s flagship innovation is the Blade Compressor®, a patent protected compact, double acting rotary compressor which delivers a Triple Win to end-users; oil free, more reliable and provides significant improvements in efficiency for application in energy intensive industries such as water treatment and industrial compressed air. More about Lontra.
About the Blade Compressor ®
Lontra’s Blade Compressor® is a step change in air compressor technology, best imagined as a piston and cylinder, but with the cylinder wrapped into a ring doughnut shape. The design involves a constantly open intake port, without valves. As the piston rotates, air is drawn in behind it and compressed in front of it in an almost continuous cycle. Blade Compressor® has a unique oil-free geometry providing internal compression with very low leakage, and low inlet and outlet flow losses giving a machine that is quieter, smoother and highly efficient.
A low pressure (1Bar/15psi) Blade Compressor® has already been proven in a demonstration with Severn Trent Water, where reductions in energy consumption of over 21% were observed. The technology is now licensed for production within the municipal and regulated waste water sector to Sulzer, a global leader in pumping equipment with 21 manufacturing facilities worldwide. The multi-million pound deal will see aeration equipment incorporating Lontra’s technology sold across 150 countries.