Albarrie’s transformer secondary oil containment and custom baghouse filter bags help the power generation and transmission sector comply with environmental standards while protecting them from hefty fines and costly clean-ups. Our products and services also save money through system optimizations for efficient operations.
Keep workers and the local community safe by keeping harmful particulates out of the environment.
With Albarrie’s line of secondary containment and air pollution control products.
Improve efficiencies and lower maintenance costs with Albarrie’s line of products for secondary containment and air filtration.
Our products are designed to meet North American requirements for secondary containment and air pollution control.
Producing and distributing electricity has an enormous impact on the environment. From transformer oil leaks to air emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented numerous standards to control the environmental consequences of using and generating power, forcing producers and distributors to take responsibility for their methods. Albarrie partners with power producers and utility distributors to implement nonwoven fabric technology to improve environmental compliance.
Power producers and distributors depend on transformers to generate and distribute power throughout North America. Most of these transformers require either mineral or FR3 (natural ester oils) insulating oil to protect their components from environmental conditions. Unfortunately, transformers tend to leak or even spill insulating oil, posing a hazard to the local land and waterways. As a result, the EPA requires power producers and distributors to have a plan to prevent oil leaks and spills from potentially reaching navigable waters. This plan typically includes a secondary oil containment system around the transformer.
Power producers must also employ various fuels to produce enough energy for North American use. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2021, 60 percent of energy was produced from fossil fuels. Unfortunately, these energy sources affect the environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires producers to implement systems to control emissions. There are many ways to manage their environmental footprint, including operating baghouse dust collection systems.
Traditional secondary oil containment systems, such as concrete, pose a considerable risk to the utility sector. Concrete systems are high maintenance, requiring staff to pump and drain them after a rainfall event. If staff or pumps fail, the containment doesn’t remain open to capture catastrophic oil spills, thereby posing a threat to the environment. Albarrie’s secondary oil containment systems utilize smart fabric technology that effectively captures oil within its layers, preventing oil from spilling into the local area. Our systems are virtually maintenance-free, saving money by reducing the need for maintenance and repairs while protecting the company from costly fines and clean-up.
We’ve worked with organizations such as NASA, ABB, Bruce Power, Alectra, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to name a few. We specialize in substations, solar and wind farms, nuclear power plants, underground transformers, and large generating stations. The flexibility and customizability of our permeable oil-immobilizing smart fabrics make them the perfect option for a diverse range of clients. Our products are continuously tested and prove their effectiveness under the most demanding conditions. Albarrie is guided by each project’s unique requirements and challenges and guarantees maximum functionality and satisfaction with every containment system we design.
Nearly all combustible by-products from the power industry have adverse effects on the environment and human health. The gasses and particulate matter are filtered through dust collection systems called baghouses. Baghouses are vital to purify the air and reduce emissions, but it’s what’s inside the baghouse that does the dirty work. Nonwoven baghouse filter bags are highly reliable air filters for filtering particulate matter and harmful gases from the flue gas stream. From fly ash in coal-burning plants to carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, and heavy metals, Albarrie’s custom baghouse filter bags and services optimize operations to stay compliant with emission standards while saving money.
Albarrie’s filtration experts provide the technical expertise to design a filter bag that will save money in the long run. When the filter media and fit are correctly matched to the process and system, differential pressures stay steady, saving money by consuming less energy. Our exclusive baghouse filter designs, Tandem and Meteor, are ideal where there is a need for high surface filtration or to mitigate sparks in the filtration system. Other fabric choices such as PTFE, PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide, and Fiberglass work well for high chemicals and high temperatures, while Polyester or Acrylic is better suited for lower temperatures.
Albarrie’s expertise helps improve baghouse and dust collector operations to reduce overall operating costs. We provide technical expertise in baghouse filter bag design, cage support design, troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, and leak detection. We also offer various baghouse accessories such as seals, cages and venturis, cartridge and pleated filters, precoat and leak detection powders, timer boards, and replacement valves. Our high-efficiency cleaning and baghouse maintenance services fill the resource gaps for busy producers with staff shortages and insufficient knowledge.