our environmental impact
At Aalberts, we create mission-critical technologies that enhance our clients' businesses and keep our planet in good shape
Our technologies are used in eco-friendly buildings to reduce energy consumption, we extend the lifetime of materials to reduce raw material scarcity, we enable sustainable transportation to reduce the carbon footprint, we deliver clean water and sanitation to increase the health of people. With our products and services we make a serious sustainable impact on every-day life.
Global developments such as climate change and urbanisation reinforce the need for energy efficiency and water savings in buildings.
Our hydronic flow control and thermal & sanitary efficiency technologies enable our end users to save energy and water which leads to eco-friendly buildings. We engineer and manufacture solutions for heating and cooling enabling our customers and end users to perfectly balance systems, to obtain maximum energy efficiency in buildings.
We continuously bring innovations to improve the performance of cooling and heating systems, such as air and dirt separators and degassing automats. We empower the energy transition by engineering technologies for district heating and solar energy.
ultra-compact, 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).
degassers to improve the performance of 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.
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.
hydrogen technology one step closer to the 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
Developments such as climate change and natural resource scarcity further push the transition towards sustainable transportation.
We contribute to this transition by providing mission-critical technologies for the electrification of vehicles. From valve engineering for battery cooling to surface treatments for electrical car parts.
With our CNG technologies for the automotive industry we empower a significant CO2 reduction in transportation. Our maritime measurement systems enable ships to significantly decrease their fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
CNG system for leading car manufacturer
To lower emissions and to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources, the automotive industry increasingly powers vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG). Aalberts fluid control develops a complete CNG system for a leading car manufacturer in Europe and North America. This complete system –with components from the CNG filling inlet with bracket and piping, the check valve and the InTankValves at the CNG tanks– includes our patented thermal fuse integrated into high-pressure composite CNG tanks.
considerable savings of 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 run on 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.
essential role in safety for simple looking valves
simple looking valves play an essential role for safety. In closed vessels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks, the expanding gas leads to a pressure build up. In order to avoid possible damage like bursting, due to overpressure, pressure relief valves open once the pressure is getting too high. They evacuate the overpressure safely to the exterior.
sponsoring solar power to achieve sustainable transportation
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.
lifetime extension materials
We extend the lifetime of metals by heat and surface treatments. We partner with leading (industrial) customers worldwide at the engineering and design phase to integrate our treatments in their manufacturing processes.
This not only improves the product quality and reliability, it also has a severe positive impact on the entire lifetime of the manufactured parts (from service to disposal of metal).
It goes without saying that we also apply such lifetime improvements to our products and innovations. Components that are both strong and light are of great importance in many markets, such as automotive and aerospace. We develop and produce high-tech, lightweight aluminium and magnesium components for these industries, combined with heat and surface treatments.
fine dust reduced by extremely wear-resistant brake disc
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 materials for the aerospace industry
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.
clean water and sanitation
Clean water is vital for all living organisms on earth. We provide hundred million meters pipes including the connections for the hygienic transportation and distribution of drinking water and waste water.
These solutions ensure clean water and sanitation for millions of households worldwide. Our piping systems further focus on efficient water use. In addition we offer a wide range of technologies to protect and improve water quality, for example for 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.
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