The invention and development of Nivalis Ice Pigging
Although Ice Pigging is used in many industries and the equipment has been tried and tested over many years, we still want to see what else we can achieve.
In 2019 we were asked to Ice Pig fuel systems to remove bio contamination. “Can this be done?” asked the customer. “We're not sure” was our response. Fast forward to now, and we are seen as the best available technique for cleaning our customer’s ships fuel systems.
Read case studies about different Ice Pigging applications.
I have been working with the Nivalis team members since 2006 on the development and deployment of the Ice Pigging technology in vastly different industries and applications. Their in-depth knowledge underpinning the technology based on their PhD research work and their awareness of what the technology achieves based on real-world experience, makes them unique.Professor Joe Quarini, University of Bristol, Inventor of Ice Pigging
2021: Management buyout
Nivalis is formed following a management buy-out. Nivalis focus on supporting existing customers and further development of Ice Pigging. Nivalis support customers in UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Estonia, and Israel.
2016: Launch of standard "in factory" machine
The standard 500kg Ice Pigging "in factory" machine is launched. Designed to EHEDG hygienic design standards.
2016: New industrial sectors
As well as personal care and food sectors (hygienic), other industrial sectors begin to use Ice Pigging. It is established as a safe and repeatable process.
2014: Patent acquired
The Patent that was held by Bristol University is acquired by French multinational Suez.
2012: Water and municipalities Ice Pigging service
Ice Pigging is adopted by many UK water companies to clean drinking water mains (as it is used today). Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) approvals granted.
2001: Ice Pigging was invented
Professor Joe Quarini of Bristol University has his eureka moment and establishes the suitability of using slurry ice to clean pipe systems. Bristol University patent the process.