12 May 2009
ARID Technologies, Inc. today announced that Giant Eagle, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has purchased and installed 25 of ARID's PERMEATOR Gasoline Vapor Containment Systems for its GetGo retail petroleum locations in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland metropolitan areas. Giant Eagle joins a growing list of Domestic and International petroleum retailers who have chosen the PERMEATOR to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.
By adopting the PERMEATOR technology, Giant Eagle has demonstrated their continuing commitment to serving their retail petroleum customers, a commitment highlighted by the company's fuelperks! customer loyalty fuel savings program. The PERMEATOR will help to minimize evaporative losses at their GetGo locations while at the same time saving fuel and creating a healthier environment for their customers. Adopting PERMEATOR will help Giant Eagle balance the growth of higher petroleum sales driven by the fuelperks! program with decreased evaporative losses.
Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in their region with 160 corporate and 60 independently owned and operated supermarkets in addition to more than 150 fuel and convenience stores located throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland. Supermarket News ranked Giant Eagle No. 21 in the 2009 'Top 75 North American Food Retailers' based on 2008 fiscal year estimated sales of $8.0 billion.
He added, "The hydrocarbon emissions represent a potential health and safety hazard for the public as well as an economic burden to petroleum marketers who will not be able to sell the same volume of product that they originally purchased. ARID's PERMEATOR system provides the solution to both of these issues."
The PERMEATOR prevents the venting of gasoline vapors (VOC's, volatile organic compounds) and associated product loss from gasoline storage tanks through the use of a patented hydrocarbon-selective membrane. The system virtually eliminates evaporative emissions and has been proven since 1989 in large tank storage and refinery applications. A recent third party study conducted in Florida has shown that evaporative losses can be as high as 0.35% of throughput (3.5 gallons per 1,000 gallons pumped). This same study showed PERMEATOR recovery efficiencies of 99.27%.