SKF Magnetic Bearings Offer More Sustainable Compressed Air
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SKF's magnetic bearings, which can rotate at up to 50,000 rpm, play an important role in decreasing CO2 emissions in several industrial applications, such as compressors.
Tamturbo, a Finnish cleantech company, has selected SKF's magnetic bearing technology for their high-speed turbo motors used in industrial air compressors.
In many industrial operations, compressed air is used to power machinery, equipment, and robotics, as well as to transport materials during the production process.
Historically, oil-based screw compressors have been used to deliver compressed air, resulting in significant maintenance costs, CO2 emissions, and lost energy in the form of excessive heat loss.
When compared to oil-based screw compressors, industrial customers can generate compressed air with lower emissions, longer service intervals, and a lower total cost of ownership by using high-speed, direct-drive centrifugal compressors with permanent magnet motors and active magnetic bearings as core technology.
Thomas Fröst, President, Independent & Emerging Business at SKF, said:
“Helping industries shift towards more sustainable operations is what SKF is all about. What makes our magnetic bearing technology so exciting is that a solution that was once developed for oil and gas industries is now able to accelerate the development of cleaner technologies.”
Igor Nagaev, President & CEO of Tamturbo, said:
“SKF’s magnetic bearings help solve many critical dilemmas in our applications: enabling high rotational speeds with outstanding reliability and improved efficiency. This contributes to helping Tamturbo offer customers compressors with a lower total cost of ownership and reduced CO2 emissions.”