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14 June, 2018 - 11:44 By Kate Sweeney

Company taps global sales for water saving technology

A Cambridgeshire company is targeting worldwide sales for a water-saving technology for universities and commercial laboratories.

The solution from Asynt Ltd in Isleham is already helping the University of East Anglia to save around 60,000 litres of water annually.

Technicians at UEA have adapted the air condensers used in their chemistry and pharmacy labs using Asynt’s air-cooled CondenSyn units and water circulators.

Condensers are used to cool and condense the vapours produced in experiments and the technicians designed an adaptor to the air condensers after recognising that their experiments could be made more sustainable. A prototype was blown in November 2016 by UEA’s glassblower and was tested by senior technician in the School of Chemistry, Matthew Bennett (pictured).

He said: “This is a momentous step and allows us to fulfil our ambition of becoming completely water-free. With our continued innovation and dedication to sustainability, I believe we can really make headway in further minimising our impact on the environment.” 

Professor Phillip Gilmartin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science, added: “I’m really proud that the commitment and invention from staff has led to such a measurable impact across the University, which could also change the way other institutions deliver teaching.

“Teaching practical skills, and learning through experiments in our laboratories is integral to students seeing the theories and principles of their discipline really come to life. It’s where ideas flourish, inspiration is sought and passion for science is amplified.”

The adaptation was developed in consultation with SustainableUEA, who provided initial funding for the laboratory to switch to air condensers and have advised to ensure efficiency throughout the process.

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