Like a mirage in the desert, the prospect of an oil- or gas-free future
for fuel is constantly receding. In the meantime, KNF pumps installed in
the desert state of Qatar are helping to maintain the quality of fuel
used for transportation across the globe today.
A variety of technologies, energy sources and approaches have been the
focus of the global search for a greener future. While many renewable
energy sources are being tested or are already in regular use, obstacles
remain with storing and transporting this energy. Even though
electrification helps in many areas, it is not appropriate for all
situations. Hydrogen could be the solution for those applications. But
to work on a large scale, H2 infrastructure like hydrogen
pipelines needs to be established. Converting natural gas pipelines to
hydrogen could help achieving this goal quickly and efficiently.
Supply pumps and return pumps by KNF play an important role in the
semiconductor industry. In close cooperation with Canon
Nanotechnologies, Inc., KNF has developed a custom-made pump that
fulfills the extremely high demands of this industry. Utilizing a
special ionization-resistant material, KNF was able to provide extremely
clean pumps for handling ultra-pure fluids that also require little
maintenance and allow for economic operation.
Every day six astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) zoom
through time and space at 28,000 kilometres per hour and circle around
the Earth in the process. 16 times in 24 hours. The crew can only
survive because their flying "living and working space" is designed for
extreme conditions. The ISS offers the necessary stability, its shell
and glazing protect against heat, cold and pressure loss and the
utilities bring a little of the earthly living conditions into space.
The survival of astronauts depends on the reliability of all systems and
Researchers at ETH Zurich are producing a lightweight, intelligent
concrete ceiling as part of the Smart Slab architectural project. The
Swiss university is using an innovative manufacturing method to create
the slab’s formwork with a 3D sand printer from Voxeljet AG, Friedberg
(Germany), fitted with KNF pumps.
Our heart is a wonder of nature. For a healthy person, it steadily beats
up to 100,000 times a day - with no rest. For cardiac patients urgently
depending on a new heart, the situation is somewhat different. Their
chance of survival depends crucially on finding a suitable donor heart.
However, the waiting lists are long. A ventricular assist device (VAD)
can help the patients on an interim basis. The EXCOR® Pediatric system
from Berlin Heart is unique among these devices. It is the only
ventricular assist device worldwide that has also been approved for
children and babies. KNF provides highly specialized diaphragm gas pumps
for the stationary drive unit.