I first became aware of this possibility a number of years ago, and was completely convinced of its dramatic potential then. Now, a company has emerged which is apparently demonstrated and proven the technology in a number of applications, and which has formulated a well considered business strategy to prioritize and pursue the incredible number of markets and applications that are available to them. The material below is taken directly from the company’s extensive website. I also have an executive summary of their business plan which I can provide on request.
MAG SYSTEMS, Inc. http:// www.magcleanoil.com
Contact Bill Crossman, CEO firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 203-272-5366
MAG Systems has developed and patented a unique technology known as Electronic Fluid Dialysis TM (EFD). This process is capable of purifying non-conducting fluids to a much higher level of purity than conventional methods of filtration and purification. It restores the properties of these fluids to a “better than new” condition, by removing particles down to the sub-micron level.
Non-conducting fluids include many different types of fluids that are used for a broad range of applications. – Lubricating Oil – Insulating Oil – Diesel Fuel – Heating Oil – Jet Fuel – Machining Oils – Refrigerants – Hydraulic Oil – Heat Transfer Glycol – EDM Oil – De-Ionized Water – EHC Fluid – De-Mineralized Water – CBN Oil – Cooking Oil – Transmission Oil – Petrochemicals – Brake Fluid – Resin – Coolants – Some low-conducting fluids – Castor Oil – All other non-conducting fluids – Cutting Oil
As these oils become dirty and contaminated, they cease to be effective and must be replaced. Even the most expensive filtration systems can only extend the usefulness of these fluids for a limited period of time. MAG Systems’ EFD technology is able to keep these fluids like new, year after year, without replacement. In addition, the EFD process actually “pulls” small particles of dirt and contamination from inside the machinery, enabling the equipment to operate more efficiently and reliably. This significantly reduces maintenance and repair costs and equipment downtime and extends the service life of the equipment.
MAG Applications for Electric Utilities
PROBLEM: Lubricating oil must be kept as clean as possible to reduce equipment breakdown and extend the life of the equipment. The cleaner, the better! Particles in the oil can cause severe abrasion and damage to power generation equipment. Particles five microns and smaller have been conclusively shown to be the major cause of abrasive wear that leads to component failure, unscheduled downtime and costly repairs of mechanical components. Also, the environmental impact of disposal of waste oil is an increasing concern.
SOLUTION: MAG units purify dirty, contaminated lubricating oil to cleaner than new condition and then maintain that purity year after year without replacing the oil. The process removes particles down to one-tenth micron and smaller. Furthermore, it cleans the internals of the equipment by literally “pulling” microscopic particles out of crevices in the machinery. This dramatically reduces machine downtime and maintenance costs and extends equipment life. Unlike other filtration methods, MAG’s EFD process will remove sludge, varnish, gum, pollen, soot and bacteria from the fluid. It will operate in the presence of water and will not affect additives. Customers typically achieve investment payback in less than six months, and the environmental impact of waste oil disposal is virtually eliminated.
[Note- The plant manager of the major US pharmaceutical company that has 4 large GE turbines at one of their sites has stated the following: “For 15 years we averaged one oil-related outage every eighteen months on our steam turbines. Since the MAG purification systems were installed five years ago, we have had no oil-related issues whatsoever.” GE engineers can validate the effectiveness not only in purifying the oil, but also in cleaning turbine internals.]
[Note- Based on their engineering due diligence, Hartford Steam Boiler is not only satisfied that MAG units do in fact remove nearly all particles as claimed, but they have also agreed to extend required overhaul frequencies by 50% on turbines that use MAG fluid purification.]
PROBLEM: Insulating oil is used to create insulation between electrical components and remove heat in equipment such as transformers, switches, tap changers and circuit breakers. Degradation due to localized overheating produces products of oxidation and carbon. Coke, water and products of oxidation result in a loss of insulating properties and, if not detected, catastrophic failure will occur.
SOLUTION- MAG removes products of oxidation, carbon and water and maintains dielectric strength above new oil specifications. All components within the enclosure achieve a cleaner than new condition which minimizes deterioration and maintenance and leads to extended life of the equipment. Sampling and maintenance can routinely be extended by a factor of 4 to 8 times.
PROBLEM: When diesel fuel is consumed, various pollutants are released. These include Nitrous Oxide (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx), heavy metals and particulate matter (soot and ash). When diesel fuel is stored for long periods of time additional problems occur. The levels of particulate matter in the fuel can increase from corrosion of the storage tank, etc., and the water content can increase from condensation. When water is present, bacterial growth is enhanced which clogs filters, nozzles and other small openings.
SOLUTION: MAG units can substantially reduce the levels of particulate and heavy metals emissions. Tests are currently underway to evaluate the degree to which MAG purification of diesel fuel can reduce NOx and SOx emissions. MAG Systems can also remove water from the fuel, which minimizes the potential for bacterial growth, and existing bacteria is removed. This not only reduces air pollution but also assures that emergency fuel will be usable when it is needed.