23 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Firms to Reduce Energy Bills

Companies using high volumes of diesel in their operations are poised to make substantial savings on their energy bills following the introduction on the local market of a device that significantly cuts fuel consumption.

The Rentar Fuel Catalyst, which is manufactured by the United States based Rentar Environmental Solutions, reduces diesel consumption by up to 12 percent and Greenhouse gas emission by up to 19 percent.

This means that a company such as Econet Wireless, which recently told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and ICT Development that its is spending up to US$15 million annually to run diesel generators at its network base stations, will save over US$1,5 million per year in energy costs. Rentar Environmental Solutions, a global leader in pre-combustion technology with 28 patents worldwide, has contracted a local company, Electronic Systems Inc, to exclusively distribute the device on the Zimbabwean market. Electronic Systems' chief operating officer Mr Tawanda Chikosi said the device was primarily targeted at commercial and industrial operations and not individual motorists.

"The device is aimed at helping commercial and industrial consumers reduce their energy bills. It is ideal for companies with high fuel consumption rates and it is not very expensive for the industrial consumer. The Rentar Fuel Catalyst has been verified and certified by notable institutions such as the US Marine Corps, the Italian Ministry of Defence, the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment and 22 independent laboratories around the world," said Mr Chikosi.

The device is suitable for use on generators, concrete pumps, boilers, furnaces, compressors, turbines, mining and earthmoving equipment and any diesel or furnace oil consuming equipment.

"It improves engine efficiency, extends the life of an engine while reducing maintenance costs. It is also easy to install and there is no movement of parts that is required. The Rentar Fuel Catalyst has a three-year warranty from the manufacturer and has a 10-year lifespan, which makes it a very good bargain considering its relatively low cost," said Mr Chikosi.

According to the manufacturer, when fuel passes through the device's patented combination of metallic and rare earth elements just prior to combustion, a reaction occurs which separates the clustered molecules resulting in more of the fuel molecules' surface area being exposed to oxygen at the time of combustion.

Aromatics are then formed, creating hydrogen gas which works with the oxygen at the point of combustion without the need for any electrical connections.

Separating the fuel molecules allows oxygen and hydrogen to better surround the dispersed molecules creating a more complete burn, leaving less to be expelled out of the exhaust as wasted horsepower and pollution.

"In practical terms, if a plant has one diesel generator set of 1 000KVA which consumes 200 litres per hour at a cost of say US$1,27 per litre, the average annual cost of fuel would be US$762 000 before installation of the device and US$685 800 after installation.

"This means the cost of running that one generator per year will be reduced by US$76 200 and this is quite a significant saving for just one set," he said.

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