Bürkert publication on UTIS. Technology joins efforts to improve combustion efficiency.



In 2015, in São Domingos de Rana (Portugal), the company UTIS – Ultimate Technology to Industrial Savings, created by SECIL® and ULTIMATE CELL®, started taking its first steps.

The Portuguese company UTIS®, with the cement knowledge of SECIL®, specialized in the manufacture and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, mortars, bulk concrete and hydraulic lime and ULTIMATE CELL®, a Portuguese company specialized in technological equipment for the optimization of internal combustion engines.

Global warming on the planet is a real problem and sufficiently significant for many companies to seek technical solutions to reduce emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere. One of these solutions is to improve the combustion of fossil fuel engines. Optimized combustion produces not only more energy but also cleaner energy reducing emissions and generates less waste.

UTIS®’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of the consumption of fossil fuels, as well as reducing the emission of pollutants to the environment. UTIS® is committed to investing in technological research that contributes to a more equitable world, at an environmental, social, and economic level.

UTIS’s objective was, from the hydrolysis of ultrapure water, to create a system to produce a constant flow of hydrogen to enrich the air with the mixture and so improving the combustion of the used fossil fuel by increasing its detonation speed.

Resulting in the chemical separation of hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) molecules. These H2 and O2 molecules are injected with controlled pressure according to the system’s operational needs in the combustion flow. Process results in either combustion intensification, an increase in its efficiency, and reduction of its CO2 emissions-the chemical integration of hydrogen used as a catalyst to the combustion of hydrocarbons.

During their application, these gases will substantially improve combustion efficiency, reducing the use of fuels such as coal, natural gas, biomass, petcoke, CDR, fuel oil, etc., and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

The UC3® system was designed with the simplicity of its industrial installation in mind, ensuring a smooth induction process. The system only needs electrical connections, communication for integration with the operational monitoring system, water supply, and sewage.

UC3® – ULTIMATE CELL® CONTINUOUS COMBUSTION can be used in all industrial furnaces and boilers in several production areas, such as cement, glass, pulp, iron and steel, biomass, power plants, municipal solid waste incinerators, among other industries.

The partnership UTIS/ Bürkert in this project started through the first contact between UTIS and the Bürkert distributor in Portugal. They, aware of the scale of the project, contacted the Bürkert Iberic team, informing them of the possibility of participating in the construction of a prototype of the machine that UTIS intended to develop.

The first discussions focused on the search for a solenoid valve to be used with hydrogen, entirely built-in stainless steel, which could open without pressure and guaranteed the maximum reliability of the materials. Bürkert has extensive experience in the manufacture of solenoid valves and quickly suggested one of the most reliable models in the solenoid valve portfolio, type 0290. This model has a soft-kick system that allows operation from 0 bar to 16 bar, and 1.4581 stainless steel construction. Also, the coil wrapped in epoxy resin offers class H insulation and high electrical efficiency.

UTIS engineers, encouraged by Bürkert’s quick and effective response to their needs, set new challenges, ATEX certified solenoid valves and solenoid valves for water entirely in stainless steel. Models 6013 and 6213 were selected to satisfy the customer’s needs.

As the prototype took shape, communication between UTIS and Bürkert was consolidated. We worked together to introduce 6223 proportional solenoid valves to regulate the hydrogen outflow and to apply the new 3280 proportional motorized valves when the flow rates to be controlled were more extensive.

Currently, and as a result of the trust that exists between both companies, we are working on the introduction of a control system for the conductivity of purified water that is necessary for hydrolysis, using conductivity probes 8221 and the multichannel controller 8619.