PROATEQ is very safe to use and it positively will not harm your equipment. In terms of ease of use, it definitely is dependent upon the type of HVAC/R System in which it will be deployed. Only a highly skilled HVAC technician with expertise specific to your equipment should install PROATEQ in large tonnage, commercial/industrial units, which are very complex to service and maintain.
Warranties and/or Service Level Agreements (SLAs) will not be affected by the use of PROATEQ for two reasons:
PROATEQ has been in use providing hard dollar cost saving to companies for over 20 years with no product-created damage to equipment.
PROATEQ is very effective in discernibly reducing energy consumption without compromising occupant comfort – in regard to space cooling and is even more effective in reducing energy consumption without lowering output volumes – in regard to internal production processes. The reason being, comfort cooling is seasonal and is confined by in large to 4 to 5 months each year (depending on one’s geographic location). Whereas production processes at companies are carried-out all year long, without regard to any geographic location. The saving opportunities through cost avoidance are numerous typically within a 24-month window.
The efficiency improvement – as measured in BTUs/hour/Amperage and/or kW/ton – will vary by the HVAC/R System it is deployed in, the geographic location where it is deployed, and the operating hours of the HVAC/R System in which it is deployed. That said, we see efficiency improvements typically between 10% - 25%. Georgetown Utilities guarantees a minimum of 10% overall efficiency improvement in all systems we treat with PROATEQ.
PROATEQ is cost effective. The payback period will vary by the HVAC/R System it is deployed in, the geographic location where it is deployed, and the operating hours of the HVAC/R System in which it is deployed. However, the payback period we typically see, after treating your HVAC/R equipment with PROATEQ, range from 12 to 24 operating months.
PROATEQ extends the productive life of your HVAC/R equipment and last as long as the productive life of your HVAC equipment. Unless major components of your HVAC/R System (like a compressor or evaporator) are mechanically replaced, you will not need to replenish your unit with more PROATEQ. In this regard – it is a one & done product solution.
Our product – PROATEQ – remediates the damaging effects of Oil Fouling. To accomplish that task, it first dislodges oil molecular deposits on the metallic surfaces internal to HVAC/R Systems. All discarded contaminants are captured and held in the Drier Filter until filter is replaced or cleaned. Using a singular layer, it then coats itself (much like Teflon coating in pans that prevent sticking) on all those metallic surfaces that increase lubricity by an average of 75% and increase heat transferability. These two favorable activities when combined– reduces consumption, which creates savings through cost avoidance.
The answer is YES – BUT BEWARE!
When the Patent for a “Method and Composition for Improving the Efficiency of Heat Pump Systems” was awarded to Charles H.T. Wilkins, Jack Hammack, and Charles B. Thompson in 1980, there was a rush of entrepreneurs that went to the market aiming to capitalize on the discovery that a polarized chemical added to refrigerant oil in the proper proportion would improve HVAC system performance.
There ensued a period when many products proliferated -- to the detriment of all. Many systems were damaged or destroyed, many product manufacturers were sued, many customers were harmed, and the OEMs warned everyone to stay away from these products.
There are four main “horror stories”.
First, the Chlorine Debacle -- the Patent recommended that polarized additives based on chlorine were preferable. Ironically, the inventors chose a chlorine-based chemical for their experiments because of their non-carcinogenic properties, believing they would be safe in food-storage refrigeration systems. The inventors warned in the Patent that precautions be taken to stabilize free halogens, like chlorine, to prevent formation of hydrochloric acid. That warning was frequently either missed or ignored.
Indeed, a US Department of Energy publication touted the benefits of PROAs and then stated that a PROA was“chlorinated paraffin”. While the original Patent research used chlorinated paraffin to be sure, subsequent work in the field has moved away from chlorinated products entirely. Chlorine based products, lacking sufficient stabilizers, were brought to market and damaged or destroyed scores of systems. There remain chlorine-based products in the market today. ProaTEQ PROA has no Chlorine. This has been certified by the National Institutes of Science and Technology. ProaTEQ PROA is the only product in the market today that is certified in writing by NIST to be chlorine-free.
Second, Sulfuric formulations – Sulfuric formulations improve lubricity. However free sulfur forms sulfuric acid, with equally corrosive and damaging results. Products with sulfur are in the market. ProaTEQ PROA has no free sulfur.
Third, the Alcohol Illusion – When chlorine-based products were found to be dangerous to systems, some manufacturers employed alcohol. This proved temporarily to have the beneficial effect, but the alcohol ultimately evaporated out of the systems and the beneficial effect was lost. Alcohol-based products produced beneficial results that did not persist. ProaTEQ PPMT is a permanent metallurgical retrofit. The results do not diminish or erode, and no re-treatment is ever necessary. There is no alcohol in ProaTEQ PROA.
Fourth, the Teflon Tragedy – some manufacturers introduced Polytetrafluoroethelene (PTFE, or “Teflon”, invented by DuPont de Nemours in 1938) or PTFE-related compounds into their products. These were found to harm systems due to changes that occurred in the PTFE molecules under operating conditions found in HVAC applications. DuPont ultimately issued a corporate policy statement that no manufacturer of refrigerant system additives could use Teflon, or the Teflon name, or the PTFE name in its products, and DuPont disclaimed any liability for any equipment damaged by manufacturers’ products containing or claiming to contain Teflon or PTFE. ProaTEQ PROA does not have and has never had nor claimed to have Teflon or any other PTFE or PTFE-related content.
With all these warnings having been said, there are products in the market today – other than ProaTEQ -- that do not damage equipment and do deliver the beneficial effects discovered in the Wilkins Patent. ProaTEQ has been shown in multiple lab tests and field applications to be safe and effective. Some other products share this pedigree, but many, many, claim to do so but do not.
So…are there other products besides ProaTEQ that deliver the same results. Our answer is:
That is as comprehensive and successful as ProaTEQ PPMT delivered by Georgetown Utilities Enterprise, LLC.
We believe, moreover, that it is the “total HVAC solution” that matters, not just the Product that delivers value to the end user. We know of no other energy services company that offers the total HVAC solution that GUE offers, including ProaTEQ PPMT and related services.
In March 2016, GUE performed an exhaustive competitor search of all products of this nature in the market. We identified 30 entities offering some form of refrigerant additive to improve performance or lubricity. We cataloged all of them as in terms of:
In that review, GUE found that PROATEQ had the best combination of attributes in the market.
The list of competitive products to PROATEQ is numerous: Powertron’s Permafrost, ArtiKool, Compress Shield, and Colder Flow to name a few. Companies that manufacture and advocate these and other products comparable PROATEQ write their own product certifications. These documents are often misleading and borderline fraudulent as they are primarily generated by their internal marketing and sales resources – with absolutely no outside confirmations or certifications as to product’s effectiveness. The efficacious impact of PROATEQ during in lab and in field testing has been meticulously documented primarily by reputable, independent 3rd-party engineering organizations (NIST, Siemens, CH2M HILL, US Army, Oak Ridge National Energy Laboratories, and DOE – Berkley Labs).
ProaTEQ TM Polarized Refrigerant Oil Additive (PROA) is a proprietary product of EnSaTEQ, Inc. of Woodville, AL, USA. ProaTEQ PROA was invented in 1996, it was extensively field tested in 1997, and introduced to the HVAC market in 1998. It has been in the HVAC market for over 20 years and has been used successfully in thousands of HVAC units. ProaTEQ PROA is not patented. Its formula and manufacturing process are trade secrets of EnSaTEQ, Inc.
Georgetown Utilities Enterprise, LLC, is a licensed distributor of ProaTEQ PROA, and distributes it under a distributor agreement with EnSaTEQ. Georgetown Utilities distributes to a number of industrial end user customers. Georgetown also performs distribution and sales through electric utility energy efficiency programs under our distribution agreement with EnSaTEQ.
GUE uses the trade name PROATEQ PPMT to describe PROATEQ in the HVAC market. PPMT stands for “Permanent Polarized Metallurgical Treatment”. This emphasizes the following three aspects of the product:
A small number of other distributors of ProaTEQ PROA exist and offer the product in different markets. Some offer it under their own product names, with permission of EnSaTEQ.
ProaTEQ PPMT and ProaTEQ Polarized Refrigerant Oil Additive is the same identical product. GUE believes the phrase “Permanent Polarized Metallurgical Treatment” is a more accurate description of what the chemical actually does, and GUE uses that descriptor as a Term of Art in its marketing and delivery with permission of the Manufacturer.
The process of equipment pre-testing, treatment, post-testing, modeling and analysis, and the ProaTEQ PPMT Guarantees offered by Georgetown Utilities Enterprise, LLC are all the proprietary intellectual property of Georgetown Utilities Enterprise, LLC.GUE has been implementing ProaTEQ PPMT projects since 2006 and has successfully treated over 230 HVAC units comprising over 4,300 Tons of Cooling capacity.
It is the policy of EnSaTEQ that ProaTEQ PROA is sold only through authorized distributors and their retailers.
The Principals at GUE have a long history of designing, implementing, and evaluating electric utility and non-utility energy efficiency programs. We have done this since the 1980s and are very familiar with how the programs are structured and operated. We have designed, implemented and/or evaluated lighting programs, HVAC retrofit programs, energy audit programs, industrial custom incentive programs and others, for organizations as diverse as NYSERDA, PG&E, Southern Cal Edison, the Oregon Energy Trust, Con Edison, Ameren UE, and dozens of others.
There is currently no utility energy efficiency program in the US that delivers PROATEQ to our knowledge. GUE is working on getting one launched in the western states and currently has a program operational and financial model for a PROATEQ delivery program.
If any reader is a utility or associated with a utility, or a non-utility implementer, or an end user that would like to see a program through their local utility, we would be pleased to collaborate to get a program launched for this highly effective and cost-effective technology.