A Lucidity GC uses 1/6 the amount of power of a traditional Gas Chromatograph
Sometimes we forget about one of the most important costs associated with running a lab – energy costs. Energy costs can add up when you’re having to climate control a lab, especially if you have fume hoods that have certain air movement requirements. On top of that your instrumentation can be pulling a lot of power out of the wall and generating a lot of heat that must be dissipated.
Lucidity can help reduce these costs. Our systems are smaller, requiring less space, and they require less power, especially in the case of the Lucidity GC-FID. The Lucidity GC-FID has an oven that is only 67 cubic inches in volume, 20 times smaller than the traditional Gas Chromatograph oven! And this makes the system much more energy efficient. While running a GC you are essentially heating up then cooling down this oven over and over and dissipating hot air into the lab during every cooldown. With a much smaller oven, you’re pulling less power out of the wall to heat up the smaller amount of air in the oven, and you’re dissipating less hot air into the lab at the end of every run. This can add up to a lot of energy savings.
If we assume the following:
- Your average GC consumes around 3,000W of power during operation
- The Lucidity GC-FID consumes around 500W of power during operation
- Energy costs of between $0.12 and $0.20 per kWh
Then we see energy savings of up to $528 per month if you have 2 GCs running 24 hours per day, and that’s just from the lower power requirements of the Lucidity GC-FID oven. This figure doesn’t include the energy savings that come from less hot air being blown into your lab. This can add up to a substantial amount over time.
Energy cost is a serious worry in many laboratories and in other labs it’s an important cost that’s overlooked. Why not choose a Gas Chromatograph that reduces these costs and is a greener solution for your facility?