Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nitrogen Supply for Universities and Research Labs

Nitrogen gas is one of the most common elements in the universe. It is estimated to be seventh in total abundance in our galaxy and solar system, and forms approximately 80 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. Because it is so common, and because of its favorable qualities, Nitrogen is used for a variety of tasks and is relied upon for a variety of applications. One such application is laboratory research.

When it comes to creating an atmosphere that is safe, dry, clean and conducive to scientific research, Nitrogen is by far the most effective choice. And because many leading universities serve as starting points for advanced research and laboratory testing, it's no wonder so many of them rely on high-purity Nitrogen gas for their experiments and technical operations. From controlling the atmosphere in order to protect highly sensitive equipment, to sample preparation for chemical analysis, Nitrogen plays a key role in the research lab setting.

Because universities and research labs often require large amounts of Nitrogen to maintain their operations and atmosphere, a Nitrogen Generator is typically used to reduce the risk of accidental run out. Nitrogen Generators are advanced systems that create their own steady supply of Nitrogen gas by separating the N2 molecules from the surrounding air and storing it in a tank for future use.

Nitrogen was first discovered to be a separable component of air in 1772 by Scottish physician Daniel Rutherford. Since then, people have been able to effectively separate Nitrogen molecules from the surrounding air we breathe and apply it to various operations. Although the process sounds highly technical and complicated, Nitrogen Generators can accomplish the task safely, efficiently, and with minimal supervision. Most Nitrogen Generators are fully automated, which means they will begin producing Nitrogen as soon as the sensors pick up a demand downstream. Once the sensors on the Nitrogen Generator activate, the generator will automatically begin the process, using either PSA or Membrane Technology. This can be a much safer, more reliable source for Nitrogen than liquid Nitrogen tanks, or high-pressure cylinders.

Using a Nitrogen Generator can also be a more cost-effective solution for laboratories and university research teams. South-Tek Systems, a leading manufacturer of Nitrogen Generation Systems, has conducted research to estimate the total savings that can be actualized by switching to an on-site Nitrogen Generator. The results indicate that by using a Nitrogen Generator, which produces high-purity Nitrogen gas on demand, a facility's overall Nitrogen costs can be reduced by up to 90 percent!

Other benefits of using a Nitrogen Generator from South-Tek Systems include...
  • Return on investment averages 12-14 months after installation, over bulk liquid Nitrogen.
  • 20 year life expectancy for the system.
  • No missed deliveries, rising gas costs, or expensive contracts to sign.
To learn more about Nitrogen generation technology and how it can benefit your research lab or university, contact the Nitrogen experts at South-Tek Systems. Call 888.526.6284 or contact us online for more information.

Sources: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Rutherford
http://southteksystems.com/pdf/N2-GEN-University-Lab.pdf
http://www.southteksystems.com/laboratory.asp

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