Case Studies & Stories

Demonstrating sustainability and profitability go hand-in-hand

Walker Emulsions

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Walker Emulsions provides both wax and asphalt emulsions to a variety of industries and municipalities across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Project

Rented and temporarily installed a water softener from a local company to test the viability of producing emulsion using soft water, with the final goal of preventing build-up in process heat exchangers. Fouling in our heat exchangers is an operational reality when using untreated city water, but it can be greatly reduced with some simple process modifications. Fouling reduces heat exchanger efficiency, leads to higher-than-required utility use and decreases lifespan of the equipment.

Hub

Sustainable Business Initiative

Location

Burlington, ON

Type

Manufacturer

Size

Small – 23 Employees

Cost
~$70,000 capital investment; <$10,000/year operating and maintenance costs

Payback period
~2 years

Natural gas reductions
18,250 m3/year

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Water savings
7,000 m3/year

Cost savings
$43,000/year

Additional savings 
Additional savings will be achieved through reduction of overtime hours worked, waste generated and energy required for routine heat exchanger cleanings. Fewer required cleanings will also greatly extend the lifespan of the heat exchangers, so maintenance and replacement costs will drop accordingly.

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