January 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Drew Chemical Announces New Chemical Fuel-Oil Additive

A new chemical additive for fuel oil could save millions of dollars worth of fuel in industry, ships, power utilities and residential buildings, according to the manufacturer, Drew Chemical Corporation, which announced development of the product at a recent press conference in New York City.

The compound, called "Amergy 5000," was described by Drew's president, Dr. E.A.

Savinelli, who accepted the John C. Vaaler Award for Energy Saving Developments on behalf of Drew, at the conference in the Sheraton New York Hotel. He said that his company had chosen to produce the additive and put more than two years of actual customer use behind it, before disclosing details publicly. The additive is now being manufactured at Drew production facilities world- wide, and is being used by both domestic and overseas customers.

Amergy 5000, described as a "unique blend" of combustion catalysts, solvents, dispersants and water-emulsifying agents, effects an average saving of five percent in fuel consumption, based on actual case studies.

Improved combustion, the company said, results in substantially reduced corrosion and slag deposits in boilers and also makes possible measurable reductions in noxious and visible smoke pollution.

In describing the significance of the fuel additive to the energy needs, Dr. Savinelli said that if the compound was added to the fuel oil used for utilities and manufacturing in this country alone, a net saving of approximately $480 million annually could result. The saved fuel, he said, could heat 800,000 homes.

The additive achieves its fuel-saving effect, said Ron Andrade, product supervisor, fuel treatment, for the company, by acting as a "catalyst," making the oil combine more efficiently with oxygen in the air. More efficient combustion at the same time reduces the buildup of unwanted slag deposits that could accumulate within the boiler. Such accumulations interfere with heat transfer and increase boiler maintenance costs.

Mr. Andrade said that the additive can be used with all common grades of fuel oil used in industry, power-generating plants, steamships and residential buildings. He noted that the product overcomes problems associated with various impurities in fuel oil.

Drew Chemical, 701 Jefferson Road, Parsippany, N.J. 07054, a subsidiary of United States Filter Corporation, New York, N.Y., is a major supplier of products and services for water management and specialty chemicals for the industrial and marine markets.

United States Filter Corporation serves air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment markets and also provides management, engineering, design and planning services for energy and environmental systems.

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