The benefits of an on-site nitrogen generator

5 Benefits of an on-site nitrogen generator

July 8, 2022

Nitrogen gas is used for thousands of different manufacturing and packagingapplications around the world. Breweries use it as an alternative to CO2, Wineries use Nitrogen to avoid ill effects of oxidation, metal manufacturers use it for laser cutting, lightbulb manufacturers use it during the manufacturing process and hundreds of food manufacturers use it in their packaging and preservation processes. Nitrogen is a necessity for many businesses, but having someone, deliver nitrogen to your site is often expensive and unsafe.

What are the benefits of having my own nitrogen on-site instead of having an outside company deliver it?

1. Cost Efficient

Depending on where your business is located, nitrogen costs can range anywhere from 0,4 €/m3 to 1,50 €/m3. If it is delivered in cylinders, you could even pay as much as 2 €/m3. Installing your own generator can drop your cost down to 0,02 - 0,3 €/m3. You are also avoiding the cost of tank rentals, admin costs, delivery charges or any other miscellaneous costs attributed to the delivery of nitrogen gas. Up to 10% off your nitrogen can also be lost during transport, which means every time you take a delivery, you paid for nitrogen that never made it into your facility hence just contributing towards transporting metals to and from.

2. Increases Safety

In order to transport nitrogen to your business, the gas must be first converted back into a liquid at -196°C/-320°F or to be stored at higher pressures at 200-300 bar(g)/2900 - 4350 psi . Unloading a liquid at this temperature is very dangerous and runs the risk of leaks or spills that can cause injuries or even death. Handling high pressure cylinders is never an easy affair and also increases the risk of handling. These risks are completely eliminated by creating and storing your own nitrogen gas on-site at required pressure which your application demands.

3. Reduces Downtime and Supply Issues

If you outsource your nitrogen gas, you are at the mercy of your delivery company when it comes to deadlines, delays, shortages or closings. By generating your own gas, you always know how much gas you have and how much gas you can generate on any certain day. You eliminate any wait times associated with deliveries and cut down on hundreds of hours a year that would normally be spent ordering nitrogen, waiting on deliveries and any delayed orders that could potentially shut your operation down temporarily. “Why to buy when you make on your own when you have the availability of the gas round the clock."

4. Environmentally Friendly

The process of turning nitrogen gas into a liquid for transportation or into high pressure storage is not only dangerous, but it uses a large amount of energy. Most nitrogen is needed in gaseous form, so changing the gas to a liquid and then back to gas is a waste of limited resources and affects the environment negatively by wasting energy. During transport of the bottled gas, the residual gas (around 10%) is always transported back and forth hence increasing burden on the increased carbon footprint. If your business is pushing to "go green", switching to on-site nitrogen is an easy and cost-efficient way to decrease your carbon footprint.

5. Fits Specific Needs

Some industries use nitrogen gas in remote areas on a regular basis. Having liquid/botteled Nitrogen delivered to these areas is not practical because of the safety issues and time delays. Having on-site nitrogen for industries like chemical manufacturing, offshore drilling or certain pharmaceutical companies is critical. Not only does on-site nitrogen generation provide a constant nitrogen solution, but it also allows these industries to change their purity levels based on the appropriate application. Industries who have a constant need for nitrogen gas in their day-to-day operations should invest in on-site nitrogen generators. They are cost efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly, reduce downtown and are able to fit specific needs in hard-to-reach environments. Pneumatech offers a full line of nitrogen generators to fit the needs of any industry. You can browse the full list of gas generators HERE.

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