250-Horsepower SW Series Units to Be Assembled in Texas
Safe North America will see two of its 250-horsepower SW Series units packaged in league with Broadwind Energy in Texas this spring. The two units will be completed in June, and available for demonstration purposes or for sale, says Broadwind VP Joe Reisinger.
Safe SpA, a Landi Renzo subsidiary, is a global leader in compressed natural gas equipment, with an installed base of more than 3,500 compression packages worldwide. But is just getting started in the U.S. Safe announced its plans to tackle the North America market last year, naming FuelMaker and BRC veteran Mario Pirraglia as president (F&F, April 22, 2014).
In October, Safe named Broadwind as its North America partner (F&F, October 28).
“We are interested in leveraging our experience in CNG throughout the world to deliver reliable and cost effective CNG compression solutions to meet the growing demands of the U.S. market,” Pirraglia said in Friday’s release.
Parts and Service
“Partnering with Broadwind Energy enables us to assure customers that spare parts are readily available and a nationwide service network stands behind the product line,” he said.
For the two inaugural units, “the compressor block is from Italy,” says Reisinger.
“The balance of the package is all U.S. sourced,” including Weig electric motor, he told F&F.
All of the components are UL-approved.
The system is water-cooled, Reisinger says, which means superior control and more consistent operating temperature, which reduces compressor wear.
The system is also quieter, he says – just 75 decibels, or 65 with optional additional sound insulation.
The initial compressors will have an output of 540 standard cubic feet per minute and will be able to operated at gas inlet pressures ranging from 15 to 45 psi. Safe offers SW compressors up to 600 horsepower with output up to 4,300 scfm, as well as a range of smaller models.
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Source: Broadwind Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up