Perspectives: Energy Saver

Improve Insulation

Hot surfaces can lead to significant energy losses and pose personal injury risks

By Riyaz Papar, Energy Columnist
Jun 9, 2015

I spend a significant amount of time in petrochemical plants, refineries and process plants. When I review the major on-site energy consumers at these sites, I find myself looking at steam generation and direct-fired process heaters. Depending on the specific plant, these two behemoths can use 70–80% of the total onsite energy. Thermal energy is the engine that drives our processes; plants can implement several energy conservation measures and best practices to optimize its use. Not only does this month’s column deal energy efficiency, but the topic also has a close connection to personnel safety.

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