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Valcor Engineering announces solar energy effort to enhance environmental protection

Valcor Engineering announces solar energy effort to enhance environmental protection

December 11, 2019 - Valcor Engineering Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of custom precision fluid controls, motion controls, and turnkey systems for space, aircraft, nuclear, and scientific/industrial clients, is making efforts to protect the environment and limit their carbon footprint. Their most recent endeavor involves the installation of 2,194 solar panels on the building’s recently replaced roof.

The solar array generates electricity during daylight hours and can generate up to 700 kilowatts per day. The electricity is fed to the power grid through an electric meter, which records the amount of electricity fed to the grid. At the same time, Valcor draws electricity from the grid through a separate electric meter in the usual manner. Valcor pays for any electricity consumed in excess of the amount fed into the grid.

Valcor’s efforts to greenify don’t end at the Springfield facility. Valcor’s Scientific & Industrial group works closely with many clients who provide clean energy solutions to their customers. Several clients make conversion kits, using Valcor solenoid valves, to convert over the road and fleet vehicles from diesel to cleaner burning compressed natural gas. Another “green” application involves the purification of natural gas at remote crude oil well-head sites.

When pumping crude oil from the ground, natural gas is also recovered, and sent through a purifier that uses Valcor’s solenoid valves. Once purified, the natural gas is stored in tanks, and used to power generators that provide electricity to the wellhead site. Previously, the well operator would have diesel fuel trucked into the site, stored in tanks, and used to power the generators.

Valcor’s Nuclear Energy and Power group provides solenoid valves and systems to nuclear power plants around the world. Valcor is one of only two companies in the U.S. that are approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to make solenoid valves for service on and around the containment structure of a nuclear reactor, as well as related safety systems in a nuclear power station.

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