Charting the Sustainable Path Forward into 2023

As 2022 comes to a close, it is important to acknowledge the steps that have been taken on the pathway towards achieving a more sustainable future. These begin with bringing more awareness of the possible ways to help reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions and carbon footprints throughout the globe. With an increased awareness, actions can now be taken to address these challenges and aid in the overall reduction of GHG emissions.

Increasing Awareness

In efforts to increase the awareness of the causes of varnish, ways to prevent it, condition monitoring techniques which can be employed and so much more, Fluitec has published 20 blogs this year. These blogs highlight ways in which carbon footprints and GHG emissions can be reduced as well as methods of reducing these impacts by employing particular technologies. These technologies can aid in the prevention of varnish which leads to longer oil life and can significantly impact the effects on the environment through reduced energy consumption. Additionally, the extended oil life drastically reduces the costs associated with oil disposal, flushing procedures and the acquisition of new oil.

Here is a list of the blogs published earlier this year which can prove to be useful for those interested in these topics:

  1. Can MPC Tests Become Part of a Standardized CM Program for Hydraulic Oils?
  2. Our B Corp Journey
  3. Improving Reliability in Your rotating Equipment Assets—One Drop at a Time
  4. The Role of MPC & RULER in Monitoring the Presence of Varnish
  5. Are Phosphate Esters Susceptible to Varnish?
  6. Can Transformer Oils Oxidize?
  7. RPVOT vs RULER, Which is Better?
  8. Shifting the Mind-set from Consumables to Assets
  9. A Closer Look at Varnish
  10. The Impact of Chemical Changes in a Fluid within the Ammonia and Nitric Acid Industry
  11. Monitoring Degradation in Aircraft Lubricants
  12. Establishing the Optimum Oil Sampling Frequency for Helicopter Engines
  13. Is it Thermal Failure or Oxidation?
  14. Why Choose RULER?
  15. The Hansen Solubility Principles and its Relation to Varnish
  16. LRVS22 Blog
  17. Why is LSV Used for RULER Analysis?
  18. Tech Deployment Track – Launch Alaska
  19. Do Varnish Removal Technologies Work? 
  20. How can I control Contamination in my Lube System?

Conference and Webinar reach

This year was the year of conferences and webinars as the restrictions eased up significantly and more people were able to meet up at live, in person events. The team participated in a number of conferences (both virtual and in person) across the globe. These are some of the conferences which were attended this year where the team got to spread more awareness of the concepts of Fill4Life and methods of eliminating varnish:

  • 7F Power Users Group 31st Annual conference
  • VGBe Steam Turbine conference in Koeln
  • Reliable Plant In USA
  • Presented and moderated at LRVS22
  • 22nd annual Peruvian engineering and maintenance conference in Lima Peru

Additionally, webinars formed the basis of expanding the reach of the message. These are some of the webinars the team participated in this year:

  • Teamed up with Minimac to deliver, “Strategies for Monitoring Oil Degradation, Managing varnish & Fill4Life”
  • Collaborated with Simwave for the webinar, “Increasing reliability of lubricated assets in the marine sector
  • Collaborated with PT Tiara Vibrasindo Pratama for the webinar, “Solvancer® – A risk free enhancement to extend an oil’s life
  • Presented on, “’Ask Me Anything’ about Filtration and Oil Reclamation” with Minimac

Helping to solve challenges

The Fluitec team has been involved in a number of initiatives this year to help solve environmental challenges and contribute positively towards tackling climate change through the use of our specially engineered products. These are a few examples of initiatives which have occurred during the course of this year.

Letter of recommendation from Siemens Energy

In August of this year, Dr Ludger Quick of Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co KG wrote a letter of recommendation for Fluitec’s ESP technology. In the letter, he confirmed that the ESP cleaning technology had been tested on various oils and applications and no negative effects on the main oil parameters or additive contents were recorded. In some cases, there was an improvement to these parameters after cleaning. Our ESP cleaning technology was recommended for varnish removal and life time extension.

Mobil™ Solvancer®

2022 saw the full launch of Mobil Solvancer across the Americas. Mobil Solvancer was developed with ExxonMobil based on Fluitec’s DECON technology. This product brings together two major lubrication technology leaders to create a solution for one of the most prevalent challenges to our industry, varnish.

As a part of continuing to deliver value to customers globally, Fluitec has worked closely with ExxonMobil to bring Mobil Solvancer to the market. This is an oil-soluble cleaner designed for gas and steam turbine applications, compressors and hydraulic systems. It can be added to in-service oils to quickly dissolve varnish and organic deposits. This helps to maintain system cleanliness and optimize reliability. It offers one of the industry’s lowest* treat rates which can extend protection of equipment for more than one year thus allowing operators to optimize overhaul-to-overhaul periods. This oil-soluble cleaner is gentle on systems and compatible with lubricants and hydraulic oils formulated with API Group I to IV base stocks with no adverse impact on in-service oil or additive performance.

*Actual results can vary depending upon the type of equipment used and its maintenance, operating conditions and environment, and any prior lubricant used.

B Corp certified

After becoming the first and only Industrial lubricant company to become B Corp certified in January, 2021, Fluitec has seen tremendous changes to our organization and its impact on the world. Almost two years ago, after becoming certified, we joined over 3,800 certified B Corporations in 150 different industries. Today, there are over 4300 companies in 77 countries. We are proud to be part of this global movement of people using business as a force for good.

One of the main aims of B Corp companies is to ensure that businesses meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit with purpose. B corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. Fluitec is proud to be part of this community and aid in positively impacting the world.

Launch Alaska 2022-2023 Tech Deployment Track

In Launch Alaska’s Tech Deployment Track, selected climate tech startups from around the world work annually from September through April with a panel of industry experts, mentors, decision-makers and connectors to set ambitious goals and aggressively move toward securing and deploying projects in Alaska. The program helps startups prioritize and progress on customer discovery, market fit and project plans in partnership with Alaska customers, subject matter experts and key stakeholders. Companies remain in the Tech Deployment Track program as long as they demonstrate continued traction toward project deployment in Alaska.

This year, Fluitec was selected among 13 Climate conscious companies to participate in the 2022 Accelerator Cohort. We will help to continue connecting globally scalable solutions to Alaska’s complex climate challenges. The aim is to deploy a project which is focused on the decarbonisation of Alaska’s energy, transportation and industry sectors.

Fluitec is aligned with the Industry Vertical and employs the conversion of industrial lubricants and hydraulics to Fill-for-Life™ fluids. These fluids reduce CO2 emissions and waste oil while saving money. This is largely based on our Solvancer® technology.

Leading the way into 2023

The concept of Fill4Life lubrication is to convert lubricants from a consumable into an asset. This is achieved by keeping the lubricant clean and ensuring that it remains in a healthy condition. A three step approach can be used to achieve this concept where the oil is kept clean and dry through the use of ESP technology. Next, the oil can be revitalized through the use of the DECON line of products. Finally, the health of the oil can be monitored by using the RULER® and MPC tests accordingly.

Over one million metric tons of CO2e can be saved per year if at least 1% of industrial users double the life of their oil. This can be achieved through the three step process described above which can lead the way forward to a more sustainable future for the industrial sector.