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Press release – Gamlem/Søvik, Norway, 29 September
Pyro take-off imminent

Ulmatec Pyro AS launched its Pyro™ central heating system this spring. The marine industry is now set to make substantial savings by exploiting this new heat recovery technology.

“We’re so confident in the technology and in demand for it that we’re prepared to say a market take-off is imminent,” says Jan Petter Urke, managing director of Ulmatec Pyro. “As soon as our first customers start to give feedback which confirms our saving estimates, we expect demand to be strong.

“Since launching the solution earlier this year, we’ve entered into contracts to supply heat recovery system for three large ocean-going purse seiners. These are fishing vessels of the highest standard for demanding Norwegian customers such as Eros and Kings Bay of Herøy (both Rolls-Royce NVC design) and Liegruppen of Straume (a Wärtsilä ship design).

“Our customers in the offshore segment are keeping a close eye on these projects, and regard our solution as very interesting. We expect to announce several agreements over the coming year.”

Marine diesel and gas engines are among the most efficient prime movers. But a substantial part of the fuel energy is usually discarded as waste heat in exhaust gas and cooling water. Mr Urke maintains that recovering this otherwise wasted energy can be an attractive proposition.

“It will allow the marine industry to avoid burning fuel to generate heat. The recovered low-temperature heat can have many applications, including warming accommodation areas, de-icing decks and stairways, and tank heating.”

“A propulsion engine consumes 200 000 litres of fuel to generate 100 kW for such heating applications, for example. Similarly, fuel-fired heating burns 100 000 litres of fuel to generate 100 kW.

“By using heat recovery, fuel consumption for the same amount of heat is zero. The annual savings, both environmental and financial, can be substantial.”

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Confident in the technology and market demand: “We’ve received very positive feedback from our customers, who’re showing great interest in our systems,” says Jan Petter Urke, managing director of Ulmatec Pyro.

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Improved ship efficiency through waste heat recovery: For every 1 000 kW of energy supplied to a diesel engine, only 300 kW will normally be used to drive the ship. At least 600 kW of the energy produced is lost through exhaust gas and cooling water. In other words, only 30 per cent of the energy is used efficiently. Pyro™ heat recovery systems exploit this lost energy for other applications. That means up to 60 per cent of the energy produced can be utilised, giving a financial and environmental gain.

Ulmatec Pyro AS in brief
Ulmatec Pyro is a leading supplier and manufacturer of heating and waste treatment systems for the marine industry, backed by solid experience and customer feedback built up since 1951. More than 15 000 ships worldwide have been equipped with Pyro™ hot water heating system to date.

A solution from Ulmatec Pyro utilises waste heat, and uses fuel only when such “green” energy is not sufficient/available. Heat generators and consumers are split into separate temperature circuits and connected together for optimal energy saving.

Ulmatec Pyro is a part of the Ulmatec group and located at Gamlem near Ålesund on the west coast of Norway.

Ulmatec in brief
Ulmatec is an abbreviation for Ulstein Marine Technology AS. This company can trace its history back to 1917 and to Ulstein Mek Verksted, the origin of the Ulstein group. After 1999, a number of new marine businesses flourished following the acquisition of Ulstein by Vickers and Rolls-Royce. One of these was Ulmatec. Established in 2000, it is now the parent of a group of companies delivering marine technology and services worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Petter Urke
Managing director
Ulmatec Pyro AS
Tel. +47 911 09 201
Jon Åge Eidem
Sales- and marketing director 
Ulstein Marine Technology AS
Tel. +47 909 60 477