Saint Louis Cedex, France — (METERING.COM) — January 26, 2009 – As part of a competition organized by the French Ministries for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, Sappel was awarded the 1st prize (out of 86 entrants) in the “Enterprise and Environment” category for its Altaïr V4 composite meter.
The Altaïr V4 is a volumetric water meter for installation in houses and apartments.
Since 2006, the “eco-design” concept had been incorporated into the design of products to offer environmentally friendly solutions, while also improving their usage quality. The Altaïr V4 composite provides the same ruggedness as brass meters but its reduced size (by 4 percent compared with the V3 version) and choice of materials has enabled a weight reduction of 55 percent, making handling and installation significantly easier.
In addition the Altaïr V4 has improved technical performance. The improvement of the starting flow to 0.5 l/h provides better detection and measurement of small leaks.
The award was presented by Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, minister of state with responsibility for ecology, and accepted on behalf of Sappel by Maïté Chevallier, project engineer responsible for eco-design, and Michel Fuchs, marketing director, during the Pollutec trade fair in Lyon.
Sappel specializes in the field of water, industrial liquids and heat energy metering as well as remote reading systems.