Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions launched an upgraded Unitor-Generon inert gas system to fulfill increased demand from shipping and offshore customers for a high-efficiency, low energy purging and padding system for liquid cargo safety.
The updated Unitor-Generon system features modern membrane technology developed by Generon which enables the complete system to produce required levels of nitrogen using smaller compressors and other components, reducing overall footprint and lowering onboard energy consumption.
With shipowners and operators increasingly focused on optimizing energy management to meet with voluntary standards and comply with regulatory requirements, the new system will be offered to both newbuilding and retrofit applications as a means of delivering measurable operational efficiencies, the company said.
A number of large product carriers being built for methanol and ethanol trades will require nitrogen as the main source of inert gas. Also targeted are gas carriers requiring a large volume of high purity nitrogen.
At the heart of the new system is the patented high-flow and high-recovery Generon PCCP polymer membrane. The module is compact enough to enable the design of complete nitrogen generators with over 20% lower energy consumption, as well as smaller physical footprints and reduced weight.
According to Wilhelmsen, the Unitor Generon system is designed to require lower maintenance and provide higher air efficiency at operating pressures of eight bar.