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April 2015 Edition

April 2015 Edition

Featured Articles

From Dehumidification to Siloxane Removal: Parker Biogas Purification

Steven Scott, from Parker’s FAF Division, provides us with an excellent article reviewing different kinds of raw biogas purification steps potentially required, depending upon the site, before “upgrading” to biomethane can occur. His article reviews raw biogas particulate prefiltration, dehumidification, and the removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), siloxanes and volatile organic compounds.

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Xebec Membrane/PSA Hybrid Systems for Biogas

A true entrepeneur, Kurt Sorschak from Xebec, got up at 5 AM in Shanghai to cheerfully conduct a Skype interview on their new membrane/PSA hybrid systems for biogas upgrading, hydrogen purification and helium recovery. The article contains some important news for the Canadian compressed air industry (how’s that for a teaser) and also a very educational description of the six stages in a typical large-scale biogas upgrading system.

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Managing Change in the Industrial Air Compressor Industry Part 1: Genesis of Change

Compressed air industry veteran, Ron Nordby, shares his thoughts in an interesting article reviewing “Managing Change in the Industrial Air Compressor Industry.” Focusing on distributors and their views, Ron walks through three steps in a process he believes can help distributors be proactive in managing the forces of change that confront them.

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A View from Australia: Efficiency Curves, System Volumes and the Compressor System Factor

Murray Nottle is an Engineer with The Carnot Group in Australia. His article proposes a compressed air system parameter he calls the “CSF Compressor System Factor.” He defines CSF as the percentage of a compressor’s capacity per minute stored and released by the system volume during each load/unload cycle.

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Growing Factory Experiences Air Compressor Control-Gap Issues 

An underestimated challenge, to optimal compressed air system design, is the fact that the demands placed upon them are always changing! Ron Marshall, on behalf of the Compressed Air Challenge®, writes about a rapidly expanding factory and how a poor sizing decision was made when selecting an additional air compressor. The compressor horsepower size selected created a control gap difficult to overcome.

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