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Kelvion wins French-German Economy Award

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The 2015 French-German Economy Award was presented to six winners for exemplary French-German collaboration in activities involving industry, environment, innovation, human resources and start up ventures.

Kelvion, formerly GEA Batignolles Technologies, won the award for the innovation category, in recognition of its collaboration with Technip and Wieland in a project involving innovatively designed DIESTA finned tubes. From 200 candidates, the award for innovation to the joint venture of Kelvion, Technip, and Wieland is the successful result of strong industrial development toward energy efficiency and optimisation in LNG production. It is also based on participation of industrial and academic leaders in the project: most notably, Total, Ademe, and Armines on the French side, and Kassel University on the German side. Kelvion was shortlisted with another German corporate group, BASF, in the category for innovation and new technologies.

DIESTA, short for ‘dual internally and externally structured tube for air coolers’ is an innovative finned tube technology that applies enhanced surfaces. It was developed for dedicated applications in air-cooled heat exchangers, especially in the field of natural gas liquefaction. For use in LNG plants, it offers improvement in heat exchange efficiency of up to 20%, reduction in CO2 emissions by lowering specific fuel gas consumption, and increase in LNG production as a result of power savings achieved.

This award acknowledges Kelvion excellence and innovation, as well as close French-German collaboration.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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