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Aquatherm – Helping to reduce Global Warming, one laundry at a time

Aquatherm – Helping to reduce Global Warming, one laundry at a time

Continuing its groundbreaking R & D programme, Aquatherm is now supplying the award winning range of MICRO / MIDI / MAXI units developed during the Covid lockdown to laundries far and wide.

Pictured are units destined for a Canadian Hospital Laundry, a Swiss Animal Sanctuary, a fast growing UK family owned linen rental laundry and a Norwegian Garment laundry.

With different capacities but sharing the same technological DNA each unit is capable of recovering over 80% of the energy lost to waste from the washing process, reducing kWh consumption and CO2 emissions and – the motivating factor for many - cutting total energy costs by 25-30%

Byron Windt, Aquatherm’s Operations Director comments ‘It is really rewarding to see that our intensive work during the Pandemic has caught the imagination and attention of so many laundries for whom this topic was previously below the radar.’

Development has continued, with a low cost water reuse system which can cut water consumption by 1/3rd and a hot process water module which replaces cumbersome conventional heating systems, and makes ‘steamless laundries’ as irrelevant as they are unaffordable.

Read more on our water re-use system here:

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The Benefits of Heat Recovery in the Laundry Industry

The pollution and carbon footprint from the laundry process has been increasingly scrutinized over the last few years, and rightfully so. While most launderers don’t think about it on a daily basis, the process of washing and drying textiles is incredibly energy intensive and can have a huge environmental impact. The good news is that there are ways to reduce this impact, and one of the best is by implementing a heat recovery system into laundries.


Heat recovery is a process which captures the heat from used laundry water and recycles it to heat up the incoming fresh cold water. This process helps to reduce the energy needed to heat cold water while also reducing water waste. Not only does this result in lower energy costs, but it also cuts down on emissions and reduces water consumption, making it an important part of any commitment to sustainability.

Heat recovery systems are easy to install and maintain, as well as efficient and cost effective. These systems don’t require any special maintenance, and since the technology has been around for many years, there is a full range of units to choose from to cater for any laundry size and type.

For any business that’s looking to reduce their energy costs and emissions, heat recovery is a great option. Not only does it reduce energy consumption and lower costs, but it can also make a significant contribution to the environment. Installing one of these systems in your laundry is a great way to aid and help build a sustainable future.

If you would like to find out more about the range of heat recovery systems available, click on the button below:

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2023 – The Way Forward

Recent increases in gas, oil and electrical costs have sent shock waves throughout the Industry.

As one of the Industry’s leading specialists in water and energy systems, we have been asked to survey numerous laundries in the UK and around the globe, all with a common dilemma. In most cases the increase in gas costs alone are sufficient to wipe out the entire bottom line profit of the business. Laundries who are already super efficient may escape actual loss making, but they are a small minority.

Even non-commercial premises such as health service laundries are facing the prospect of costs rising well above budgeted income, with equally undesirable consequences.

Sure, we specialise in systems to reduce utility consumption, but that alone is not enough to offset the cost increases. A multiple approach is needed, hopefully with all of these implemented we will see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Here’s a short list of steps that can be taken – indeed MUST be taken – to turn the tide and get back to surplus rather than loss:

  • Top of the list – unpalatable though it may be – is price increases. With everyone in the same boat, there are signs that modest increases are being accepted, but not universally. There is always the risk of losing a customer, and this Industry is famous for the self inflicted damage that arises with price cutting as a way of winning business.
  • Weeding out unprofitable business. We know at first hand from our early venture into laundry software that there are wide variations in the actual financial contribution made by different customers. With variations in selling price, quantities, product mix, costs of delivery and so on it is easy to lose sight of where the best income is derived. Very often we found in the past that it was the biggest volume customers who cost the most to support. Indeed we have sometimes advocated pruning volume down from 2 shifts to one by shedding the poorest performing accounts, and reducing running costs as an additional benefit.
  • Apply the tried and tested methods used by Aquatherm to slash energy costs. By recovering 80% of the energy lost from the washing process, reducing drying and finishing costs from hot rinsing, and improving productivity from shortened cycle times it should be possible to offset as much as half of the increases.
  • Put processes under the microscope. Are they too long? Using too much water? Too many stages? So called ‘cool chemistry’ is MORE expensive to operate than using temperature once heat recovery methods are in use. Shop around for chemicals, something that many laundries we have spoken to have not done for years.
  • How efficiently is the steam boiler operating? Is flash steam being lost, or the reverse, is boiler feedwater temperature too low? For every 6 degrees Celsius that the feed water temperature is raised, there is a net 1% saving in gas or oil consumption BEFORE any steam is used by the plant.

We cannot advise on pricing or customer strategy, but when it comes to the technical operation of the plant we offer an expert resource without charge or commitment. A site survey with a detailed cost and output simulation is a good starting point for tackling the issues – contact us now! We wish you a healthy and successful year ahead.

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Aquatherm and its MICRO at the LADA’s

Aquatherm has been installing energy saving systems for 40 years, starting long before the current crisis which threatens the very survival of many of our laundries in the UK.

4 decades of research and development later it is now possible simply by recovering the energy lost to drain from the laundering process to reduce the reliance on ‘new energy’ by a third or more, regardless of the size of the plant.

The COVID lockdown – during which there was understandably very little activity in Aquatherm’s market sector – was taken as an opportunity to complete a ground up redesign of the entire range of products, based on the same physics and DNA of the existing range, but without the normal time pressures it was possible to address every single aspect of design and operation, and to introduce all new models to address the smaller plants (Micro) and the very largest of plants (Monster).

Meanwhile the mid range systems (Midi and Maxi) now incorporate all the features of the new units, and examples of all systems have now been sold to customers as far afield as China, Japan and Australia, whilst interest from UK laundries is understandably at record high levels.

The Micro is a global first, a system which can not only recover over 80% of otherwise lost energy, but includes all the necessary tanks, pumps and pipework that would otherwise be the province of a full engineering installation.

The entire unit is packaged such that it can be wheeled into a laundry on a pallet and can be running on the day of arrival. Incorporating a process water system, a steam diffuser to provide controlled hot water to the process (most of which has been heated by recovered waste water) and if required an inline water reuse system, this is a perfect solution for laundries using up to 7m³ per hour, and with hot rinsing as a by product of the ‘total hot water process’ increased productivity simply adds to the economic benefits.

It is this system which was selected by the LADA judges in presenting the ‘Most Innovative Company’ award to Aquatherm, we are very proud to be recipients and committed to continuing the challenge of reducing the consumption of water, energy, chemicals and process times by using our guiding principles of ‘Invention, Innovation and Imagination’.

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