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Innovation through waste heat recovery in Automotive Sector


Pune, India, February, 2014: Atlas Copco’s Energy Recovery system helps Gabriel India Limited, in energy conservation by using the recovered heat from pre-painting process at their automotive unit in Chakan, India.

Atlas Copco India - Energy Recovery
Gabriel India Limited. a pioneer of ride control products in India, is a flagship company of the Anand Group. Established in 1961, Gabriel India Ltd. provides extensive range of products like shock absorbers, struts, front fork across every automotive segment.

At Gabriel India, Atlas Copco's  GA 75 VSD FF compressor was integrated with the state of the art Energy Recovery unit – ER S-3, to recover heat in the form of hot water for the pre-painting  process in order to contribute for energy saving.

“Energy conservation has a high priority at Gabriel”, says Rajendra G. Abhange, Chief Technology Officer, Gabriel India Limited, “We got a major breakthrough by partnering with Atlas Copco in developing a tailor made solution to utilize the waste heat from air compressor.”

Technology, Recovery and Savings: 

By installing the Energy Recovery unit (ER), one can recover between 70 to 90% of energy from the compressor, which can be used to heat the industrial water up to 90o Celsius. This reduces dependency on fossil fuels and almost 52,500 electrical units are recovered from this compressor working in an intermittent load which contributes in reduction of carbon footprints by 500 tons over 10 years. This is equivalent to a plantation of 2300 trees in 10 years.

The benefits gained by Gabriel India Limited by installation of ER unit; the transition from air-cool to water-cool improved (at that particular time) the compressor efficiency. Secondly the reduction of carbon foot print by saving liquefied natural gas. Thirdly reduction in the operating cost. This means a maximum savings of 900,000/- per annum when the compressor is working with full load and minimum 600,000/- per annum when the compressor is working with partial load.

Rajendra says, “Seeing this success, we have decided to implement the same system of Atlas Copco Compressor and ER unit in the rest of their plants in the country.”

Björn Leempoels, Business Line Manager-Service, Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. says, “Gabriel India Limited is a market leader in its sector and drives same values as Atlas Copco like innovation. This is where both the companies came together to reduce their energy bill by using heat recovering solution called ER”.

Atlas Copco is proud to work closely with Gabriel India Limited.

For further information please contact:

  • Bjorn Leempoels,  Business Line Manager - Service
    +91 (0)20 3985 2313, (M) - +91 96739 95487

Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. started operations in 1960, and has 22 offices across India, the registered office being at Pune. In 2012, Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. had about 2 500 employees and in the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013, revenues of INR 2 600 cr (MEUR 400).

Compressor Technique Service is a division within Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. It provides a complete range of aftermarket services with the aim to maximize customers’ productivity. The division focuses on spare parts supply, professional service, air monitoring and connectivity solutions. The divisional headquarters are located in Antwerp, Belgium.