17 May, 2022

Thorite – Nitrogen system installations at The University of Liverpool

03 August, 2021

Over the years, Thorite has completed many specialist projects for universities throughout the UK, with the latest being an installation of a series of compressor systems and Nitrogen generators for brand new laboratories at The University of Liverpool.

The University of Liverpool is leading pioneering research into coronaviruses and antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics from their new Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases and Research building which they moved into in July 2020.

Major expansion

Thorite had already completed similar installations at The University of Liverpool and had worked closely with HPC, Parker, and University project managers. However, the Centre of Excellence was a major expansion to current facilities, and the new development required multiple nitrogen outlets for the research laboratories which are used in liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and a range of analytical instruments.

Thorite’s installation is based on a Parker NITROSource system, which consists of three, N2-80PALY nitrogen generators in a two onduty, one standby configuration. This set-up provides outputs of up to 1003/h of nitrogen at 100ppm. Each generator is supported by a Parker OFAS pre-treatment package and in addition to the nitrogen generators, Thorite also supplied and installed three HPC Kaeser CSD(X) Series rotary screw compressors. These are individually controlled by Kaeser SIGMA AIR MANAGER 4.0 units which monitor the compressed air supply from each compressor.

Energy efficient

The whole installation is exceptionally energy efficient, with the Parker NITROSource system providing savings in compressed air usage of around 25%. Being a modular system, additional capacity can be easily added if required. Similarly, the HPC CSD compressor’s SIGMA control enables compressor performance to be precisely matched to actual air demand, thereby allowing additional energy savings.

The system was fully commissioned in July 2020 and a University of Liverpool project manager states: “We are delighted with the performance of the new installation, delivered on time and budget by Thorite. It will prove to be a highly valuable asset as the site extends its research capacity moving forward.”




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