Amp Magazine Issue 37

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Finnish cleantech company Altum Technologies has created a Power Ultrasound system that cleans fouling from industrial equipment with no production stoppages and no equipment disassembly.

released to the market last June 7th, 2017. The Altum Series consists of 6 products for specific equipment type: pipes, heat exchangers, tanks, cooling towers, filters and reactors.

The technology is the first and only of its kind, a game changer for industries that need continuous cleaning of pipes, heat exchangers, tanks and other type of liquid carrying industrial systems.

With the cost of removing fouling in heat exchangers totalling 30 billion euros in Europe alone, the potential applications for the technology are significant. Altum is backed by seed investment from Lifeline Ventures and by Tekes , the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Altum was founded in 2016 after many companies were asking for a fouling cleaning solution that allowed them to continue production without stopping to do maintenance. There wasn’t anything in the market to fulfil this, so the Finnish company in partnership with the University of Helsinki stepped in to solve the problem. Previously, there were methods to clean fouling such as pressure washing, chemicals, soda blasting, even with ultrasound baths but all of them require stops, are inefficient and dangerous to the environment. On top of that, stopping production is extremely expensive. The set of products, called Altum Series is filling the gap and have been officially

Their talent comes from the University of Helsinki and Harvard University summing up to 100 years of deep ultrasound technology experience.

How does Altum’s Power Ultrasound fouling cleaning system work? Fouling cleaning through Altum is done by externally applying the system to any liquid carrying equipment without the need to do any changes to them or the production process. The externally installed power ultrasound system is capable to clean almost any dirt, like biofouling, mineral scaling and chemical fouling in just a few minutes. A full animation

of the clamp-on external attachment and cleaning process can be found here: Aside from reducing industrial fouling and energy consumption, the Finnish startup is planning to adapt their technology to purify water, use it in ballast water management systems, treat contaminated soil, and eliminate bacteria such as legionella. All this while improving the health of workers and people by helping eliminate different radiation sources, chemicals, and bacteria that arise from different industries.

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