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Energy Recovery NewsMarch 2012
In This Issue
Colorado College Selects Sofame Percotherm
Sofame Units Save Hosptial $298,000 in Annual Costs for 20 Years
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Editor's Note:  In our last newsletter the Sofame local Rep organization responsible for winning the Maine General Medical Center boiler heat recovery contract award should have read, "Northeast Mechanical", which is owned by Blake Group Holdings, Inc..  Blake Group is Sofame's Rep in all of New England and most of New York State. 

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Colorado College Awards Sofame Heat Recovery Contract


LONG Building Technologies in Denver, Colorado, has received an order for a Sofame Technologies Percotherm® stack heat recovery system from Colorado College in Colorado Springs.


According to Jim Cain, Technical Services Manager at Colorado College, "This project will substantially contribute towards meeting our President's Climate Initiative Program by 2020". The Sofame direct contact heat exchange system will provide Colorado College the ability to achieve significant carbon reduction savings with an attractive return on investment.


Cliff Littlejohn, Director of Business Development at LONG added, "LONG's Building Technologies has enjoyed steady growth in recent years with a major focus on products and system control which result in lower energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint. Sofame's expertise in boilers and heat recovery was a key factor in engineering this solution for Colorado College".


Ted Schendt, of Schendt Engineering in Colorado Springs was retained to perform a study to determine the annual cost savings along with a simple payback associated with the heat recovery system. The results of this study were presented in a report to Colorado College showing an efficiency improvement of approximately 13 percent and a simple payback of approximately 6 years. Colorado College was excited about the environmental and energy efficiency improvements and retained Schendt Engineering to incorporate the design into the Central Plant mechanical systems. According to Mr. Schendt, "We took advantage of a great opportunity to improve the efficiency of their Central Plant and reduce their carbon footprint in a sustainable and cost effective manner."

Sofame Hospital Heating Solution Provides High ROI

and $298,000 per year in Cost Savings 

Pumps & Systems Magazine, March 2012 (click to read full article)


A 20-year-old, Sofame direct-contact water heating system continues to deliver optimum performance for a Canadian Hospital. 


Twenty years ago, when Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal embarked on a more than $1 million project to upgrade its boiler plant, hospital officials made a bold decision to go with a Sofame direct-contact heat recovery system. At the time, this was relatively new technology. It was a smart decision.


According to Marcel Brabant, head of the hospital's maintenance operations, "Over the past two decades, I doubt if we have spent as much as $1,000 on repairs to the components of our direct-contact, heat recovery equipment."


Sacré-Coeur, a teaching hospital and health center associated with the University of Montreal, sits on a more than one million square feet. The main building dates back to 1925.  A major upgrade to the boiler plant was required. The equipment was aging and becoming less efficient while spare parts for repairs were even harder to find. Because of the low-grade oil number 6, the oil heater had to be operated year-round, and pollution was a growing concern. For example, acid (SOx) droplets and soot deposits regularly fell on cars and neighboring houses.


To comply with Province of Quebec power plant regulations, constant supervision of the boiler premises had to be maintained 24 hours per day, requiring a heating plant crew of six boiler house operators.


The consulting engineering firm, Dessau-Soprin-represented by Laurier Nichols, engineer-was retained to work with hospital officials, particularly Brabant.


First, the team identified the specific objectives of the renovation project, placing top priority on:

  • Reasonably quick return on investment (ROI)
  • Reliability and optimum performance of new equipment purchases
  • Minimal long-term maintenance costs
  • Minimal equipment supervision costs
  • Easy and efficient integration of new equipment into the old plant
  • Lower SOx , NOx and CO2 releases into the environment

The key components of the system included a Sofame direct contact stack economizer that was installed on the two new steam boilers' flue gas exhausts and a 20,000,000-BTU/hour water heater to heat the building, replacing previously used steam. The system also included a plate-type heat exchanger for preheating DHW and a plate-type heat exchanger for makeup water. Several pumps were installed for functions that included:

  • DHW preheating
  • Makeup water for the boilers, air makeup and the laundry room

Twenty years later, Sacré-Coeur's boiler plant is still operating at peak efficiency. Brabant continues to be impressed with the sustainability of the equipment. As for his assessment of the annual savings resulting from the plant upgrade, Brabant points to these statistics:

  • Energy: $170,000
  • Supervision: $88,000
  • Maintenance: $40,000

The ROI on the equipment was 4.5 years in annual savings.


So Energy Efficient. Sofame.