Environmental Award goes to compressor developers

03 July 2013

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Environmental Award goes to compressor developersAtlas Copco’s Environmental Award for 2012 goes to the team that developed the new, ground-breaking GA VSD+ compressor. The innovative compressor can cut energy consumption by roughly half compared with traditional compressors, setting a new industry standard in energy efficiency.

Bert Derom, Product Manager in Belgium at the Industrial Air division in Compressor Technique, together with his project team won the award.

Andrew Walker, Chair of the Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Council and President of the Compressor Technique Service division, says: “Congratulations to the team. This compressor is a huge leap forward in innovation and will benefit both our customers and the environment. This helps cement Atlas Copco’s position as the company with the best products, both when it comes to energy efficiency and productivity.”

The winning team will get SEK 50 000 (about EUR 5800) for use toward an environmental initiative or project.

Perhaps the greatest innovation with the GA VSD+ is the integration of the interior oil-cooled permanent magnet motor with the compressor element, creating a smaller, lighter, quieter and more efficient machine. The new compressor gained immediate acceptance by the market, selling more than 500 units in the two weeks following the launch in April.

To learn more about Atlas Copco’s GA VSD+ compressor, please visit

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