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Boilers and Burners

Biofuels tested for boiler efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Owing to growing global demand for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson has, over the past few years, carried out a series of tests by firing a variety of biomass fuels on boilers installed at the company’s Boiler Development and... 

Carbon injection systems to reduce emissions

     3rd June 2016 Environmental and emissions compliance service and technology provider ADA-ES (ADA) chief product officer Sharon Sjostrom, announced early last month that two companies have selected ADA’s Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) systems to reduce mercury emissions from their coal-fired boilers.  

Company receives award for reduction systems on boilers

     3rd June 2016 Advanced engineering solutions provider Fuel Tech received an award for the company’s NOxOUT selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) systems for multiple coal-fired utility boilers with equipment deliveries expected to occur during the second and fourth quarters of this year, as well as the... 

Company receives award for reduction systems  on boilers
NEED FOR COMPLIANCE SNCR systems technology is proving to be a viable solution as combustion unit owners look to comply with more stringent nitrogen oxide control requirements

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 As the combustion equipment industry becomes more aware of the effects it has on the environment and workers, greater emphasis is being placed on the efficiency and safety of boilers and burners in industrial applications.  

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety
DEMANDING EFFICIENCY The E4500-N enables operators to ensure that combustion equipment is functioning efficiently and safely

Monitoring system to provide real-time calculations

     3rd June 2016 Boiler and combustion equipment provider Nationwide Boiler president Larry Day, announced the release earlier this year of its latest product to market: the DataStak.  

Monitoring system  to provide real-time calculations
Photo by Duane Daws
MEETING YOUR MONITORING NEEDS Day reported that the DataStak has been engineered to fulfill monitoring requirements

New power generation system commissioned in Beppu, Japan

     3rd June 2016 Distributed waste heat to power generation service provider ElectraTherm sales and marketing director Kazunori Ueda, in mid-April, announced the commissioning of the Power+ Generator 4400 in Beppu, Japan.  

New power generation system commissioned  in Beppu, Japan
FIRST OF ITS KIND The unit uses geothermal heat to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity at the site

Thermoprocessing projects to ensure combustion efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Electrical, instrumentation and control engineering and installation project management provider Proconics is involved in thermoprocessing equipment projects that will result in safer, more efficient burner management for the local combustion energy industry.  

Thermoprocessing projects to  ensure combustion efficiency
Photo by Duane Daws
INTERNATIONAL TREND Proconics has noticed an international trend of increased focus on the categorisation of burner management systems as safety instrumented systems

Two 330 MW boilers to aid power production in Pakistan

     3rd June 2016 Electrical engineering service provider and boiler manufacturer GE Steam Powered Systems president Andreas Lusch announced the company’s deal with construction and engineering company China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) to supply two 330 MW boilers Pakistan power producer Engro Powergen Thar... 

Two 330 MW boilers to aid power production in Pakistan
Photo by Duane Daws
POWER PROVISION Two GE circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boilers will help deliver a total of 660 MW to Pakistan

Company recommends boiler servicing to prevent scaling

     22nd January 2016 Servicing boilers and cooling towers can ensure minimal scaling and protect the plant against premature failure, especially considering that 1 mm of scale can increase a company’s fuel bill by 10%, says boiler manufacturer Allmech GM Lionel Maasdorp.  

Company recommends boiler servicing to  prevent scaling
MANUFACTURE Allmech assembles and tests its boilers at its workshops before they are dispatched

Gas boilers reduce hospital carbon emissions

     22nd January 2016 Public sector hospitals are leading government’s environment-friendly drive by replacing their coal-fired boilers with equipment that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).  

Gas boilers  reduce hospital  carbon emissions
GAS SUPPLY Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital makes use of CNG Holdings’ pressure regulating plant to supply gas to its boilers

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired boilers steadily increasing

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd January 2016 Owing to the price of biofuels becoming more competitive than that of traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the need for biofuel-fired boilers is steadily increasing, says Cape Town-based industrial boilers manufacturer John Thompson divisional technical manager Etienne de Villiers.  

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired  boilers steadily increasing
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL John Thompson carries out tests on a variety of biofuels, including torrefied biomass owing to growing demand for a cleaner and sustainable environment

Recycled oil refined for use as fuel in furnace burners

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd January 2016 Recycling and refining recycled oil into fuel for furnace burners is a cost- effective solution and encourages recycling, says energy and fuel burning company Technoburn sales and marketing manager David Louch.  

Recycled oil refined for use as fuel in furnace burners
BURNING REUSED OIL Technoburn encourages the use of recycled furnace oil for use in industrial burners and boilers

SA company leverages international partnerships to consolidate presence in Africa

     22nd January 2016 Heat generation technology company Steam Generation Africa has been able to consolidate its presence in providing boilers on the African continent following its concluded agreement with Scotland-based industrial boiler specialist Cochran in 2014 and a partnership entered into last year with... 

SA company leverages  international partnerships to consolidate presence in Africa
INCREASING PRESENCE The Cochran boiler range is available in countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana and Namibia

SMEs benefiting from cost-saving steam boilers

     22nd January 2016 Small and medium steam applications are benefiting from Cape Town-based boiler manufacturing company Cape Boiler & Heater’s flash-type steam boilers, Steamatic. 

Steam-producing boiler room reduces electricity consumption

     22nd January 2016 Owing to the ability of its boiler room that produces steam for the printing process, printing company Paarl Media’s specialised printing division Paarl Media Cape is achieving about 85% to 90% energy efficiency as a result of its new biomass steam plant.  

Steam-producing  boiler room reduces electricity consumption
COST SAVING The biomass boiler reduces electricity production costs and creates a buffer against electricity price inflation

Waste heat from boilers provides fossil fuel-free electricity

     22nd January 2016 Through the process of feeding off heat from burners and boilers at tempretures as low as between 77 ºC and 116 ºC, the ElectraTherm Power+Generator distributed in South Africa by energy projects and professional services company Alt.EnerPro can generate up to 110 kWe of fossil fuel-free... 

Boiler company creates new department to outsource expertise

     5th June 2015 Boiler company John Thompson, the power division of electromechanical equipment company Actom, recently established its Energy Management department in 2014 to embrace the current worldwide trend of customers outsourcing their noncore business. This demonstrates John Thompson’s commitment to... 

Boiler company creates new department to  outsource expertise
INDUSTRIAL BOILER John Thompson considers the supply, operation and maintenance of an energy plant and associated equipment as its core business

Energy solutions company to launch Web-based boiler monitoring system

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 Energy solutions company Energy Partners is in the final stages of developing a real-time Web-based boiler monitoring system, which will monitor and report on various operational parameters of a boiler or a set of boilers. 

Energy solutions company  to launch Web-based  boiler monitoring system
BOILER MAINTENANCE Energy Partners operates an outsourcing boiler operation business focusing on servicing coal-fired boilers in the process-steam industry

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 The sheer size of the boilers being installed at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations might not be repeated in Africa again, owing to future build prospects indicating a requirement for smaller boilers, says power systems company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems... 

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone
MILESTONE POWER STATION Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa predicts future power station build prospects being smaller in comparison to Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

New boiler house produces stable process steam

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 As part of its continuous drive to reduce energy costs amid increasing electricity costs, tyre manufacturer Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has installed a new coal-fired boiler house at its Port Elizabeth plant. 

New boiler house produces stable process steam
NEW BOILER HOUSE The Port Elizabeth-based Continental Tyre South Africa plant has had four new John Thompson package boilers installed to generate process steam

Singapore company appoints ASME inspector

     5th June 2015 Singapore-based fully integrated water solutions supplier Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing (Hyflux) has chosen engineering advisory firm and assurance services company Lloyd’s Register Energy as its American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) inspection services provider for boilers and pressure... 

US boiler company supplies federal facility

     5th June 2015 US-based boiler company Nationwide Boiler announced in March the sale of five 650 hp mobile boiler rooms to a US federal government facility. 

US boiler company  supplies federal facility
MOBILE BOILER The ability to transport a large boiler by truck instead of by rail is a time-saving advantage

Biomass boiler cuts costs

     6th June 2014 A project to retrofit a biomass-fired boiler at the University of Iowa’s (UI’s) Oakdale Research Park campus in Coralville, Iowa received the 2013 Grand Place Award in the Energy Production category from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). 

Biomass boiler  cuts costs
AWARD WINNING INNOVATION The University of Iowa Oakdale Research Park campus aims to have 40% of its energy needs met with renewable resources by the end of 2020

Boiler fuel dominance is changing

By: Dylan Slater     6th June 2014 The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa. 

Boiler fuel dominance  is changing
WEE CHIEFTAN Cochran boilers operate in more than 100 countries worldwide

Compact boilers and complementary software assists new companies

     6th June 2014 US-based custom extracts and nutritional supplements company RFI Ingredients recently opted for compact and efficient boilers, instead of the traditional fire-tube boilers, owing to the compact boilers’ fast start-up capabilities and consistent steam supply. RFI Ingredients ordered three LX-150... 

Compact boilers and complementary software assists new companies
COMPACT BOILER Miura’s compact boilers enabled RFI Ingredients to build a smaller boiler room than what is usually required by traditional boilers

Controls improve efficiency

     6th June 2014 Combustion controls, used in boilers, can boost thermal efficiency and reduce excess air curves, resulting in improved combustion reactions within the boiler. 

Controls improve  efficiency
ENVIROPAC BOILER With the addition of a carbon monoxide sensor, the combustion controller can self-learn the ideal shape of the burner excess air curve

Emergency boiler keeps cold out

     6th June 2014 US-based emergency rental boiler and auxiliary equipment company Nationwide Boiler Incorporated assisted in keeping more than 125 buildings warm during the past winter season, in Midwest US. 

Emergency boiler  keeps cold out
MOBILE BOILER Nationwide Boiler has provided temporary and permanent boiler systems to district heating companies since 1967

New regulations impact on boilers

     6th June 2014 Since the change by South Africa’s Department of Labour (DoL) from the Vessel Under Pressure Regulations to the Pressure Equipment Regulations in 2009, local boiler users, among other pressure vessel users, are now required to have a risk-based inspection (RBI) scheme in place if they exceed the... 

New regulations  impact on boilers
Photo by Duane Daws
UNDER PRESSURE Risk-based inspection is a method using risk as a basis for prioritising and managing inspection programmes

Wireless control for boiler maintenance

By: Dylan Slater     6th June 2014 Maintenance and testing procedures on power plant boilers can be monitored with engineering consulting company Carab Tekniva’s U-Fi wireless communication solution that was released in South Africa last year. 

Wireless control for boiler maintenance
WIRELESS PORTABLE CONTROL The portable unit is powered by a rechargeable battery and is encased in an anodised dye-cast extruded aluminium case

Demand for biomass fired boilers increases 

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 As the price of biomass fuels becomes more competitive with traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the demand for biomass-fired boilers is steadily increasing. Subsequently, this has created a growing need for the manufacturing of boilers for these cleaner and more sustainable fuels,... 

Emulsion fuel offers environmental benefits

     7th June 2013 Environmental technology company Nano Bubble Technologies’ (NBT’s) emulsion fuels offer the boiler industry environmental and economic benefits. 

Gas-fired boilers exceed popularity of coal counterparts

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The increasing conversion of existing coal-fired boilers to natural gas usage, owing to the changes in the price of natural gas, not only reduces emissions but also decreases boiler maintenance when compared with coal-fired boilers, says plant engineering and consulting company Carab Tekniva. 

New coal-fired boilers alternative to limited industry options

     7th June 2013 Boiler manufacturer Dryden Combustion announces an exciting new development in the South African boiler industry as it is supplying new coal-fired boilers, employing the latest available technology for boiler control systems, Dryden optimises combustion efficiency, saving energy and reducing air... 

New oil- and gas-fired boilers made available to industry

     7th June 2013 Steam and hot-water equipment supplier Allmech has introduced its new range of oil- and gas-fired three-pass boilers to the market. 

Projects guaranteed emissions and energy efficiency

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 Projects worth about R30-million, aimed at improving the emission levels and energy efficiency at facilities across South Africa, are being undertaken by energy efficient combustion technologies company Combustion Technology.  

Re-establishment of boiler industry brings challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The high local-content requirements and the recent re-establishment of the boilers industry have not only brought about opportunities but also challenges. The most challenging of which relates to a reduction in productivity and the quality of boilers produced by the industry in South Africa,... 

Technological solutions for improving combustion efficiency, safety concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 According to sources, more than 12 steam boilers in South Africa fail catastrophically each year as a result of undetected low water-level conditions, says specialist combustion optimization company Boiler Combustion Technologies.  

Two 3 t steam boilers installed

     7th June 2013 Heavy steel engineering company Cyclotherm SA in April installed two 3 t dual-fired steam boilers (Cyclotherm C7000) - which can be fired on gas or light oil - and all ancillary equipment for healthcare company Adcock Ingram’s new high-volume liquid plant in Oliphantsfontein. 

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