3 takeaways from Solex’s upcoming presentation at Nitrogen + Syngas USA

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Q&A with Igor Makarenko, Global Director of Fertilizer

This week, Solex Thermal Science will join more than 50 world-class solution providers and technical experts from the fertilizer industry at CRU’s Nitrogen + Syngas USA virtual conference (Feb. 16-18).

Igor Makarenko, Global Director of Fertilizer, and Jill Caskey, North American-based Sales Representative, will be on hand at this year’s event in Solex’s virtual booth to answer questions delegates have about vertical plate heat transfer technology and its use in fertilizer cooling applications.

In addition, Makarenko will be hosting a live showcase presentation in the Mechanical Hall that will be available to all delegates. (Please refer to the conference’s daily calendar for exact times). 

We recently sat down with Makarenko to get insight into three things he hopes delegates will take away from his presentation.

1. How it works: Looking inside plate-based heat exchangers

Many people in our industry might understand the fundamentals of indirect heat transfer, but have never seen inside a moving bed plate-based heat exchanger. I’ll walk delegates through the anatomy of our units, including the plates we use to cool the material, the devices we use to guarantee mass flow and more. For those participating, they will leave with a better understanding of the tools we use to guarantee a quality product at a consistent temperature from the equipment we sell.

2. How we guarantee finished product temperature and mitigate caking

A fundamental component of our technology, particularly within the fertilizer industry, is its ability to avoid caking while cooling various fertilizers. I’ll explain the mechanisms that our plate technology uses to manage the air dewpoint in the moving bed’s pore space so it is below the temperature of the plate’s surface temperature. This thereby avoids condensation and subsequently caking, both within the exchanger as well as later during packaging and transport.

3. The benefits of lab and pilot testing

This is a program offered at Solex that is invaluable in allowing us to best understand the materials we’re handling, as well as offer the best solution for cooling any type of fertilizer. My presentation, in particular, will go through some of the testing protocols we use and that we’ve put thousands of bulk solids through at our Calgary, Alberta-based lab as well as on location at customer sites.


To learn more about how Solex uses indirect heat transfer technology to more efficiently cool fertilizer, visit our virtual booth at Nitrogen + Syngas USA, which will include demonstration videos, product handouts and more. Or email Makarenko directly at Igor.Makarenko@solexthermal.com.

This entry was last updated on 2021-7-23

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