We have found plenty of opportunities to increase the efficiency of boilers that produce steam. In the companies we have analyzed, we found that in most of the industries that have steam production processes, 43% of the energy consumption of the entire company is in boilers. Sometimes, the cost is not evident because they use cheaper fuels such as coal and natural gas.
There are two main ways to generate efficiency in the use of boilers:
Main benefits of controlling the efficiency of a boiler.
The use of information technology opens the opportunity for a number of useful applications to reduce energy consumption, especially related to process control. A few years ago these possibilities were impossible to imagine and today they are a reality.
The benefits are of three types:
Do I have to change my boiler?
It may be that the operating parameters are initially adjusted and energy consumptions reduced.
Is it possible to replace steam production with a more efficient process?
Carrying water to steam state is a process that requires a lot of energy, depends on the need for heat convendria better to have overheated hot water.
Where can I start having energy savings?
The most practical way is to perform a previous reconstruction of energy, gas and water bills, an inventory of the main processes that consume energy and install a sub-measurement equipment that allows to identify consumption patterns and opportunities for Efficiency.
How much money do I need to start saving energy consumption?
Often with the signing of an agreement where the savings pay for the investment in measurement and savings opportunity analysis consulting, it is not necessary to invest. It is only necessary to assign part of the future savings.