Super Boiler technology could save billions
There is a new kind of technology that could save companies and conglomerates throughout the world billions of dollars when it comes to energy savings – and this new technology is known as Super Boiler. It features a technique that has the potential of revolutionizing energy efficiency of industrial steam generation, leading to billions upon billions of dollars in energy savings for US companies. The Super Boiler is the result of over seven years of research and development by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Technology Institute and Cleaver-Brooks Inc.
Back in July 2006, the Gas Technology Institute and Cleaver-Brooks installed a 300 horsepower high pressure steam Super Boiler which has been running 24 hours a day, five days a week with excellent results. It has since then seen over 6,000 hours of operation, and amazingly enough the fuel to steam efficiency has remained consistently in the 93-94 percent range, while NOx levels have been less than 9 ppm. This performance benchmark results in potential annual gas savings that average nearly 13 percent. A little mathematics dictate that in Alabama alone, replacing 2,000 boilers with this modernized equipment that is now available could save 7.2 Bcf of natural gas.
According to Alagasco President Dudley Reynolds, “One of the goals of this partnership was to develop technology for boiler users like Specification Rubber that would use energy efficiently while protecting the environment. Alagasco saw this project as an opportunity to help advance technology that could benefit our industrial customers here in Alabama.” Guess the first step has already been taken with the field test, and there are more field tests to come on the horizon. It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that, by 2020, the Super Boiler technology could save more than 185 trillion BTU of energy. That amount is equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than two million households.