Energy Composites completes proving runs on MVP winder

ECC has completed proving runs using its portable large-bore Magnum Venus Plastech Computerized Horizontal Helical Filament Winder. ECC also has fabricated its first composite hydrogen sulfide scrubber vessel.

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Energy Composites Corp. (ECC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., USA) announced on March 19 the completion of a set of rigorous proving runs using its portable large-bore Magnum Venus Plastech (Clearwater, Fla., USA) Computerized Horizontal Helical Filament Winder.

The winder, which has the capacity to fabricate structures 40 ft/12.2m in diameter and 43 ft/13.1m in length one piece construction, provides ECC Corrosion’s Field Service Operations with the capability to build very large composite structures in place on a customer’s job site, eliminating the logistical issue to fabricate and ship in sections for reassembly on site. The successful completion of the proving runs allows for the commissioning of the portable field winder for on-site use.

ECC fabricated four midsized vessels ranging in diameter from 16 to 20 ft (4.9 to 6.0m), completing the production proving run. Two of the four vessels were industrial tanks, while two were oversized ducts for a flue gas desulfurization installation. The proving runs allowed ECC to perfect its production process design for onsite work and provided additional opportunity to complete safety and operational training for the Company’s associates.

“Commissioning our new field service winder is an important step,” noted Sam Fairchild, Energy Composites’ CEO. “The MVP winder adds to our ability to deliver large on-site tanks, stacks and ducts where size and transport costs would be an impediment to a competitive and responsive offer. This winder allows us to eliminate almost all freight costs associated with these oversized tanks, which will give us a substantial competitive edge on procurements for composite structures for large mining/refining or flue gas desulfurization projects. Delivering very large seamless tanks also gives us an advantage as well, since a seamless tank will definitely outperform one assembled in sections.”

ECC also reports that it has completed fabrication and testing of its first composite hydrogen sulfide scrubber vessel for use in desulfurization of biogas. The 54,000 gal/204,400L scrubber tank, manufactured for BioGasclean A/S represents ECC’s entry into this important and rapidly-growing segment of the cleantech industry.

ECC fabricated the 14-ft/4.3m diameter, 47-ft/14.3m long tank for installation at an existing wastewater treatment facility. The biogas system will produce 4.2 MW of energy, using methane extracted from the wastewater. The scrubber will ensure that the energy produced will not generate sulfur-based emissions or SO2 residues. ECC is also outfitting the vessel with specialty fittings supplied by BioGasclean, including the company’s Quick Sludge Removal system.