Illinois Governor Recognizes Frigel NA

Frigel NA, a manufacturer of industrial process cooling and temperature control equipment, was recently awarded the 2008 Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Award for its Ecodry system, which helps companies minimize their environmental impact.

Each year, the governor of Illinois -- in conjunction with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- honors companies for achievements in protecting the environment and boosting the economy. Companies were judged on their technology's pollution prevention activity, waste volume/toxicity reduction, benefits and impact on the community, management's commitment, and the economic benefits derived from the project.

The Ecodry saves up to 95 percent of water consumption and energy bills, eliminates chemical evaporation into the atmosphere, and eliminates discharge of chemically treated water into the wastewater stream, according to a Nov. 4 press release. An alternative to traditional cooling towers, Ecodry can help companies achieve sustainable business practices that positively impact the environment, all while saving thousands of dollars on energy, water, and maintenance costs every year.

"At Frigel, it's important to be recognized as a company that is dedicated to improving the environment, so we are extremely honored to win this award," said Steve Petrakis, president of Frigel NA. "Environmental conservation is and will continue to be, at the forefront of our efforts to implement technology that focuses on reducing pollution to benefit the environment."

Ecodry uses ambient air (rather than evaporation) to cool clean process water. The water remains in a closed-loop system, keeping it free from contamination and evaporation.