Green Tank Project
Green Tank is a project established between the partnering companies RPR Technologies AS, JAK J. Alveberg AS and Oftec GmbH. The project is co-funded by the ECO-Innovation initiative of the European Union. The partnering companies are forming the consortium of the project, coordinated by RPR Technologies AS.
The Green Tank project intends to develop and launch a robotic system based on use of RPR’s patented induction heating technology for environmentally friendly removal of coatings in storage tanks. In Europe, there are 12-15 million m² of coated steel surface in storage tanks that needs to be refurbished every year. Most of the removal is done by ultra high water jetting or with abrasive blasting requiring a lot of energy, resources, time and process water or grit. The potential advantages of using the patented RPR Induction Technology are many; reduced down time of the tanks, minimum waste disposal, lower costs per m², less energy use, no damage to the environment and it is safe in use for the operators.
The Green Tank project aim to introduce, market and launch an alternative to the traditional methods, to become technically proven and commercially available by end of 2016. During the project period, robotic prototypes for both horizontal and vertical stripping will be developed and demonstrated for Storage Tank Owners, major Contractors and larger Coatings Producers, proving the benefits and effectiveness of the system.
News article in Tank Storage Magazine
We are proud to inform that the advantages and features of using RPR Technologies for coatings removal in liquid storage tanks are highlighted in the September 2016 issue of the Tank Storage Magazine.
The article “Robotics and Induction Herald Greener Tank Refurbishment” describes the environmental and operational benefits compared with other methods. It is being confirmed by results achieved during a recent demonstration in 3 different tanks at Repsol Petronor Refinery in Bilbao, Spain. By using the newly developed semi-automatic robotic system for the Green Tank Project, stripping rates more than twice as fast as conventional methods were achieved. The complete article can be read by clicking here »
Layman’s Report issued
The project is moving fast forward and more information about the project progress is now available in a Layman’s report. It includes project updates with details from a recent demo at Repsol in Spain where the demonstrator was successfully disseminated in 3 storage tanks with different coatings.
The environmental advantages remain in focus and it has been proven that the RPR induction system can operate more than twice as fast as typical grit blasting with significant reduction in energy consumption and less transportation/handling of grit. It also implies shorter down time and lower disposal costs. The report can be found by clicking here »