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City Spin-out: Heliex Power Ltd

Heliex Power Ltd is focused on the commercial and industrial realisation of open and closed loop steam screw expander systems. The company is committed to operate to the best benchmark standards of Quality, Health and Safety, and Environment that define it as a leading and progressive organisation operating within the ‘Waste Heat to Energy’ sector.

The Background 

Established in 2009, Heliex Power Ltd is a spin-out from City's world-leading Centre for Positive Displacement Compressor Technology. Heliex has developed patented technology that extracts energy from waste steam or waste heat, generated by industrial processes, and has already won strong worldwide interest in its unique screw-expander based machine. The company made its first sales in December 2012.

Founded by Professor Dan Wright MBE and City's Professors Ian Smith and Nikola Stosic, the clean energy producer is financed by BP Alternative Energy International and Greencoat Capital.

The Challenge 

Become the world’s leader and driving force behind steam and screw expanders whilst developing a leading application that works in tandem with the recovery of energy from industrial processes, whilst adhering to the challenging factors for the need for renewable energy that is sustainable.

The Solution

The key innovation in Heliex's design is that it can operate with so-called 'wet steam' - steam at low temperature and pressure which often contains water droplets that would destroy traditional machines. This means that the expanders can be implemented in a wider array of applications ranging from power generation, concentrated solar power, biomass and marine propulsion to food and drink, paper, chemical and steel industries, and public services such as hospitals.In 2013 Heliex was named in the prestigious Global Cleantech 100 listing, a list of the top 100 private companies that represent the most innovative and promising ideas in clean technology. It also won the GP Bullhound Connect 'One to watch 2013' Award