Friday, May 27, 2016

Optimizing the Steam Generation Cycle and Condensate Recovery Process for Profit

Steam generation and condensate recovery
Boiler for steam production.
Steam generation and condensate recovery systems can vary in complexity depending on the steam end usage and process requirements, e.g., steam for electricity generation or to support a paper mill operation versus that for a small to mid-size specialty chemical process operation.

At the heart of the system is the boiler/steam drum. Regardless of size, its primary functions are as follows: to provide ample surface area (based on steam needs) for the efficient separation of water and steam; provide storage capacity to meet immediate boiler feed water requirements or minimize the effects of the introduction of boiler feed water on the steam generation process; and, to facilitate the introduction of chemicals for treatment purposes as well as the removal (blowdown) of impurities.

The following document, courtesy of Magnetrol and Orion Instruments, provides information identifying key areas in the steam generation cycle, condensate recovery system and waste heat recovery process where cost-effective instrumentation solutions offer a tangible return on investment over the short term. The goal is to reduce heat rate, environmental impact, fuel and water consumption, water treatment and maintenance costs in commercial and heavy industries where steam generation is essential to the production processes.

We hope you find this white paper interesting and of value.