our environmental impact
We believe there is no magic technology or machine that will save the planet overnight. But there are many inventions that are being made or have yet to be even imagined that can cut down waste, introduce efficiencies, and contribute to a greener society. At Aalberts, that’s music to our ears, because that’s what we do.
We have been on this pathway since day one and are pretty sure that, working with our customers and partners, we will continue to break new ground. And every step forward we take, we get more efficient ourselves and share this knowledge and practices throughout the entire organisation. Our partners and customers know that the mission-critical technologies we develop are clean, green and non-polluting throughout their lifecycle.
creating energy savings
Climate change and rapid urbanisation reinforce the need for energy savings in buildings and transportation.
From the heat source to heat emission to heat distribution, Aalberts hydronic flow control covers a broad spectrum of mission-critical building technology systems that make residential, commercial and industrial buildings eco-friendly. Our air and dirt separators for example can save up to 8% in energy consumption, and our hydronic balancing valves up to 20% in energy consumption when installed.
We also empower the energy transition by providing solutions needed for renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, heat pumps and green hydrogen. For example, universal mounting systems and expansion vessels for solar powered installations or optical sensors for wind turbines to improve their performance.
Aalberts fluid control technologies accelerate the transition towards sustainable transportation. We engineer mission-critical technologies for the electrification of vehicles, from valve engineering for battery cooling to surface treatments for electrical car parts. With our CNG, LNG and hydrogen technologies we empower a significant CO2 reduction in the automotive industry. Our maritime measurement systems enable ships to significantly decrease their fuel consumption and maintenance costs. For example our high-tech propeller thrust sensor which enables shipowners to save up to 15% on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
thermal battery for domestic hot water
Aalberts hydronic flow control developed a unique solution to empower the energy transition. FlexTherm Eco is a thermal charging station. It converts electricity directly into heat and stores it for the provision of hot water. FlexTherm Eco works on the basis of thermal storage in a so-called Phase Change Material (PCM). This material reacts to temperature changes by melting or crystallising, respectively absorbing or giving off energy. With its compact design and efficient operation, FlexTherm Eco fits in every home and is a very energy efficient appliance (energy label A+). The appliance is also clean and environmentally friendly because it does not burn any gases, does not contain any toxic substances, and is 100 percent recyclable. FlexTherm Eco renders the energy supply CO2-neutral when used in combination with, for example, PV panels (for electricity) and a heat pump (for room heating).
degassing heating and cooling systems
The quality of the water determines the performance of heating and cooling systems. A gaseous water system works less efficient. Gases can form or penetrate into a system in various ways, which reduces heat transfer. From these gases, oxygen directly leads to corrosion of the system, forming sludge. In turn, this produces resistance losses, additional wear and tear, unnecessary faults, disruption to the systems, reduced pump performance and irritating noises. Consequences: a lack of comfort, unnecessary loss of energy and a shorter service life of the system. To prevent these consequences, we engineered the Vacumat Eco degasser which degasses extremely accurate and effective. A prescribed gas level according to VDI 4702-2 can be achieved easily and is checked continuously by the unique monitoring method afterwards.
reducing ship fuel consumption
Due to the increasing awareness of the impact of exhaust emissions on the environment, combined with the continued increases in fuel costs, there is great need for reduction in fuel consumption of ships. This has led to a high demand for accurate measurement systems to monitor the fuel consumption per engine. Real-time measurement and trend analysis of fuel consumption provide helpful information for shipowners, ship managers and crew about the influences of their actions on the consumed fuel. Aalberts fluid control offers various kinds of systems for the most accurate measurement and analysis of fuel consumption, for example the propeller thrust sensor which enables shipowners to save up to 20% on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Korean busses with Aalberts CNG valves
Legislation in Korea demands using compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation of busses. Aalberts fluid control played a significant role in reducing CO2 emissions by being supplier of manual CNG valves for Korean bus manufacturers. Since 2005 we supplied over 300.000 valves that have been working seamlessly and perpetually and we continue to do so.
sponsoring Solar Team Eindhoven
In a world where the amount of cars and access to cheap flights continues to grow, mobility is frequently seen as one of the major sustainability challenges. With this in mind, a group of innovative students from the Eindhoven University of Technology decided it was time to harness the sun's power and construct a solar family car, creating Solar Team Eindhoven. In 2013 they successfully launched Stella, the world’s first solar powered four-seater, followed by the Stella Lux and the Stella Vie. Now, Team 2019 is ready to add to the family, and Aalberts has become a sponsoring partner to distribute to sustainable transportation.
sponsoring electric superbike
Aalberts is proud to be pole position partner of the 2019 Electric Superbike team from the University of Twente, which is aiming to build the fastest electric racing motorbike in the world. Alongside its financial backing, Aalberts is also offering the team access to their knowledge and mission-critical technologies. Aalberts hydronic flow control has already designed an innovative cooling system for the bike, solving overheating issues that plagued earlier prototypes.
creating tomorrow’s energy solutions
In July, Aalberts hydronic flow control signed a letter of intent with The Green Village. This is a living lab at Delft University of technology, which provides businesses and university researchers with an environment where they can safely develop, test and demonstrate essential innovations. Aalberts hydronic flow control will research and test the use of in-house hydrogen installations and energy efficiency in existing buildings. We believe that using sustainably produced hydrogen could be a fantastic way to generate sustainable energy, resulting in no harmful emissions, and it has the potential to play a serious role in our future energy needs.
bringing hydrogen closer to home
A complete piping system from Aalberts hydronic flow control has passed the world's first hydrogen test requirements, demonstrating that the piping the company uses to connect the main line to the meter cupboard is suitable for the transport of hydrogen. This is an important step, with hydrogen seen as a promising alternative to natural gas and viewed by many as the fuel of the future. "This test requirement is a world first, because no other country has such a quality assurance system for hydrogen in the built environment," said Ronald Karel of certification authority KIWA Netherlands. According to Theo Kroon, director HSF, the company's system is an important link in the hydrogen network chain. "With this quality mark, we give network operators the security that they can safely use our products
optimising water distribution in a building
Our balancing valves optimise the distribution of water in a building’s hydronic heating or cooling system by equalising the system pressure and can create energy savings of 10 to 20%.
engineering the most sustainable expansion vessel in the world
Aalberts hydronic flow control invented the Flexcon Premium, world's most sustainable expansion vessel. At the heart of the Flexcon Premium is a unique plastic membrane, made of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). It has a set of environmental benefits over traditional expansion vessels. Firstly, the TPO membrane is lighter than traditional rubber membranes, needing up to 50% less material during manufacturing. Secondly, it lasts twice as long as rubber membranes, reducing maintenance visits and saving energy and fuel, cutting CO2 emissions. Thirdly, TPO can be recycled into products more effectively than rubber. Aalberts hydronic flow control also embedded sustainability into its manufacturing processes, reducing the energy required to produce the new expansion vessels. It also optimised the packaging and user manuals: everything counts when creating a smaller environmental footprint.
hygienic distribution of water
More efficient use and sustainable water management are critical to address the growing demand for water, threats to water security and the increasing frequency and severity of droughts and floods resulting from climate change.
Each year, Aalberts piping systems delivers over three hundred million meters of pipes and connections for the hygienic distribution of drinking, potable and waste water. Our solutions ensure clean water and sanitation for millions of households worldwide and focus on efficient water use and water savings. For example the Airfix vessel, an expansion vessel for domestic hot water that saves up to 1,200 litres of drinking water per household when installed.
The materials used in the distribution systems are of a significant importance. A high potable water quality begins with the planning and the selection of the right material. Chemical substances must not be present in concentrations that are harmful to human health. For example, lead in drinking water can be harmful for human and more in particular for children. We address such topics by offering alternatives, like lead free piping systems. Obviously, our piping systems have all major national and international quality and approvals in this respect. In addition, we offer a wide range of technologies to protect and improve water quality including filtration, purification and softening.
improvement of water quality at home
The water treatment unit Komeo guarantees high-quality water in the home. Komeo ensures that water is free from bacteria, pesticides and heavy materials while respecting the environment, since it uses soft technologies.
water saving by Airfix vessel
The Airfix expansion vessel helps preventing unnoticed waste of potable water. Traditionally heated water expands in water heaters and the surplus leaks out via the safety valve. By installing an Airfix vessel next to the water heater, potable water is collected, kept clean and flows back into the water heater as soon as water is used. Not a single drop of water is wasted anymore. Applying this vessel approximately saves 1,200 liters of hot water per year. In 2016, we launched ‘a liter for a liter’, a six months social responsibility project whereby the annual water saved by each sold Airfix vessel was given back as clean potable water to regions where this is not a luxury.
sustainable impact with the new full flow valve
The new full flow valve is lighter than its predecessor, with an almost 30% reduction in raw materials used. Yet its improved flow performance results in a 60% drop in energy requirements, which creates a saving of 0.8 kg of CO2 per valve per year. The full flow is cavity free, which means that they are continuously flushed with water. This prevents the buildup of stagnant water or bacteria, leading to cleaner and more hygienic distribution of water.
lifetime extension and lightweight materials
As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and complex, every single component needs to work and needs to work together. We respond to resource scarcity by making materials more lightweight and durable. Lightweight materials are an important enabler of sustainable transportation.
Aalberts surface technologies partners with leading industrial customers worldwide to develop, produce and finish functional and highly durable surface designs of metals through sophisticated heat and surface treatments.
This not only improves their product quality and reliability, it also has a positive impact on the entire lifetime of the manufactured parts (from service to disposal of metal). We also develop and produce high-tech, lightweight aluminium and magnesium components that are both strong and light. They are of great importance for sustainable transportation in the automotive and aerospace industries.
Aalberts hydronic flow control and Aalberts piping systems also apply these lifetime, quality and reliability improvements to their products and innovations. In eco-friendly buildings, longevity of components matters. Our R&D departments engineer with a ‘fit to last’ strategy, focusing on maximising lifetimes of components and solutions
fine dust reduction brake discs
Aalberts surface treatment is involved in the production of a mirrorfinished, corrosion-resistant and extremely wear-resistant surface for brake discs used in premium vehicles. The extreme wear resistance ensures life time extension of the brake discs and a significant reduction in brake dust.
lightweight aerospace magnesium
More and more aerospace manufacturers are looking into the potential of using magnesium in aircraft with a view to reducing CO2 emissions. One of our precision extrusion companies started first trials involving magnesium extrusion and investigated the feasibility of this technology about twenty years ago. At the time, magnesium extrusion was still too complicated and expensive. Thanks to our innovations, new technologies and continuous drive to improve, we are now able to develop and produce magnesium components for the aerospace industry. As the components are much lighter than components from other materials they contribute to cleaner air transport and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
hardening of steel
A frequently applied heat treatment by Aalberts is the hardening of steel. Right after hardening a product, the tempering process starts in which thermal tensions are reduced and the desired hardness is obtained. The result is a longer lasting component. A nice example is the hardening of bicycle locks. As a result of our heat treatments these locks meet the TNO standard, implying impossible to break, demolish or saw plus the locks have a much longer lifetime.
control pistons for CO2-reducing hydraulic systems
Particularly small gap dimensions are required in order to enable lower hydraulic pressures and reduced oil circulation volumes. This makes it possible to build smaller, oil pumps that result in reduced CO2 emissions. The control edges of the pistons are electroless nickel plated. The coating is subsequently precisely ground down. The coating reduces the risk of 'piston jamming' due to foreign particles and improves the tribological properties of the pistons.
acceleration of technological breakthroughs
With the advent of super-fast 5G networks, Internet of Things will further accelerate technological breakthroughs for smart homes, autonomous driving and industry 4.0. Breakthrough innovation is necessary to address large-scale challenges such as ageing economies and climate change, while new, digital solutions are also targeting minor challenges making life easier, for example, through payments or streaming.
Aalberts advanced mechatronics delivers leading-edge innovative, tailor-made and future-proof technologies, enabling the roadmaps and manufacturing challenges of high-tech customers. With our technologies and innovations, we are part of the high-tech infrastructure needed for and support the technological breakthroughs. We continuously focus on long-term innovation and disciplined investments in R&D.
lifting tool for semicon efficiency
For the TMSU, a high-tech lifting tool to service the NXE vacuum chamber, Aalberts engineered heavy-lifting tool. The ability to do heavy lifting while creating minimal particle contamination is the ultimate challenge this device fulfils. Semicon OEMs are faced with a continuous demand for smaller microchips with increasing capabilities. This will drive the need for cleaner production. As a supplier of high end parts and modules we deliver various mission-critical technologies to help chips become more efficient.
optimise supply chain to significantly improve reliability and total costs
Aalberts transferred, insourced and improved the supply chain of a high-tech semicon customer who was looking for a local codevelopment partner with investment power and mission-critical competences. By developing an integrated test and qualification tool, we realised a lead-time reduction of more than 80% and significantly reduced the failure rate, resulting in improved reliability and total costs.
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