Energy Saver: Make the Most of Blowdown

Recovering thermal energy from flash steam offers energy-saving opportunities

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Irrespective of how steam is produced in our process plants, several aspects of steam generation are common; we should apply standard best practices to them. This column specifically addresses the blowdown stream as well as both the flash steam recovery and heat recovery that we should implement in our steam systems. Every steam system has a water treatment plant; feedwater is made up of treated makeup water, returned condensate and directly injected steam (in the deaerator). Although condensate and steam are clean, the treated makeup water still brings in dissolved impurities. Because these impurities are not soluble in steam, they remain in the boiler. As a result,…

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