The design and operation of steam systems involve specialty hardware and raise unique issues and challenges that are not always appreciated by people more focused on process streams.
To help you sharpen your steam skills, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Better Understand Boilers -- A number of factors affect selection, performance, reliability and safety
- Consider a Thermocompressor -- This unit offers potential opportunities for improving energy efficiency
- Forestall Steam System Outages -- Understand your temporary boiler requirements and plan ahead to minimize downtime
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that steam generation, distribution and cogeneration offer the most cost-effective energy efficiencies in the short term with potential energy savings at over 12%.
However, it is important that you ensure steam reaches the point of use at the correct quality, quantity and pressure, and that you look at some of the key areas to consider in reducing maintenance costs and energy losses, namely, the impact poor steam quality will have on the steam system and how this can be improved.
This report sponsored by Spirax Sarco takes a look at how manufacturers are meeting these challenges and seeing real energy savings.
Download this Spirax Sarco Special Report for insights and strategies including:
- The importance of steam in the Oil, Gas and Chemical Industry
- Steam projects provide fast payback
- Ensuring steam system reliability
Not every water optimization program suits every wastewater. Indeed, there are several new technologies to consider as well as strategies to upgrade what’s already in place. Not only will sound programs and technologies improve efficiency, they will aid in sustainability, too.
To help achieve water efficiency, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Plants Zero in on Wastewater Discharges -- Efforts increase to drastically reduce or even eradicate releases
- Drive Retrofit Improves Water Treatment Plant’s Efficiency -- Compact stand-alone matrix drives replace aging 18-pulse drive
- Oil Recycling Company Presses On -- Pipe press helps speed installation and reduce costs at new oil recycling facility
The drive by some chemical companies to improve energy efficiency extends well beyond their production processes. Indeed, steam is a major focus and innovations in water-related energy efficiency are top of mind. But great care must also accompany the pursuit of efficiency. Engineers understand the role of insulation for heat conservation and freeze protection. But pipe installation on jackets, coils, reactors and heat exchangers is tricky.
To help you avoid costly and sometimes deadly steam mistakes, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Energy Efficiency Soars -- Broad-ranging efforts are providing substantial savings.
- Provide Better Protection from Hot Pipes -- Use more conservative limits for insulation skin temperature.
- Keep Cool Designing Heat Exchanger Piping -- Consider these points when working with exchangers, coils and jackets.
“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,” says Riyaz Papar, director of Global Energy Services and Chemical Processing’s former Energy Saver columnist.
This Chemical Processing eHandbook will help you identify and apply those best practices. Download this eHandbook to set your strategy straight. It includes:
- Make the Most of Blowdown: Recovering thermal energy from flash steam offers energy-saving opportunities
- Plant Combats Corrosion in Idled Boilers: Several measures provide proper protection of off-line steam generators
- Get a Hold of Steam System Management: Software helps to maximize equipment reliability, efficiency and safety
Is your Steam System creating challenges? Are there areas you'd like to learn more about such as corrosion, flash steam, low pressure or wasted steam?
This report sponsored by Pick Heaters takes a look at how these challenges can be addressed. Download this Special Report for insight and strategies including:
- Plant Combats Corrosion in Idled Boilers: Learn several measures that provide proper protection of the off-line steam generators.
- Make the Most of Blowdown: Get the scoop on how recovering thermal energy from flash steam offers energy-saving opportunities.
- Take a Look at Thermocompressors: Consider this device to upgrade low-pressure or wasted steam for use elsewhere in your plant.
This Chemical Processing Special Report takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting the various challenges presented by process heaters. We look at solutions to lower costs, lower temperature, save energy, and be more efficient.
Download this Chemical Processing Special Report for insights and strategies including:
- Take a Fresh Look at Heaters: A Simple four-step program can lead to significant savings.
- Don’t Get Heated Up By a Hot Stack: Consider several projects to lower temperatures and recover energy.
- Cut the Cost of Waste Gas Incineration: An RTO often can offer an effective and fuel efficient option.
- Providing High Emissivity Coatings Solutions for Process Heaters
Sponsored By: Hach
In this special report, we explore several ways to identify and solve various water-based utility issues. Find out how to:
- Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues
- Use a reverse osmosis unit for energy savings
- Address inefficient operations and more.
Identifying the optimal solids content of wastewater sludge, slurries and cakes can provide significant cost savings on chemical additives, haulage and incineration. It also helps optimize process control and ensure a consistent final product.
There are several methods to test for solids content during the dewatering process. This paper will briefly explain the differences between the various methods and will be followed by an experiment to test the most common form of solids analysis - the oven method - against the advanced technology of the Computrac® MAX® 4000XL Rapid Loss-on-Drying Moisture and Solids Analyzer. The MAX® 4000XL will prove to be just as accurate as the standard reference method while being significantly faster and less dependent on operator technique.05/17/2016
Are you feeling stressed about your steam systems? Feeling challenged by issues such as energy loss, hot surfaces, plant downtime and personal injury risks?
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how to keep your cool when things get hot in your steam system management. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and information on:
• Improving Insulation: Hot surfaces can lead to significant energy losses and pose personal injury risks.
• Don’t Get Steamed: Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues.
• Changing Your Approach to Steam System Management: Improve plant productivity and reduce unplanned downtime with this three-step process.
This Chemical Processing Water/WastewatereHandbook, Waylay Water Systems Woes, takes a look at how manufacturers are meeting some of today’s water system challenges. Are you faced with the challenge of properly applying plastic piping? Is PH troubleshooting concerning you? Would you like to learn more about treating condensate water with activated coconut based carbon?
Download this Chemical ProcessingeHandbook nowfor insights and strategies including:
- Properly Applying Plastic Piping: Use of such piping requires careful consideration of a number of issues.
- Succeed at PH Troubleshooting: Heed some pointers to properly diagnose the cause of a problem.
- Treat Condensate Water with Activated Carbon: High-purity coconut based carbons reduce silica leach, rinsing requirements
Higher energy efficiency ranks as a top priority in many chemical makers’ efforts to enhance sustainability and competitiveness. Are you challenged by energy efficiencies? Are you perplexed by planning the scope of your audit and investigation? Do you want to better understand how to develop an implementation plan to act on your findings?
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting the energy efficiency challenge head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:
- Plants Strike Down Energy Efficiencies: Large chemical manufacturers achieve improvements on many fronts
- Break Energy Audits into Phases, Part I: A four-phase approach that cyclically repeats can yield improved energy savings
- Break Energy Audits into Phases, Part II: After approval of projects, implementation can begin
Today’s global challenges — climate change, water scarcity, food provision, declining ecosystem services, human development, and the overall transition to a sustainable society and planet — require solutions of unprecedented scale. Public policy and behavior change will play a significant role in addressing these challenges. So, too, will business and technology. In the decades ahead, these challenges offer tremendous opportunity for organizations that can contribute to tackling them.
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting these challenges head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:
- How organizations such as Dow, Solvay, Dupont and BP are adapting strategies for their water conservation efforts;
- How a new purification process that’s carbon-negative and energy-positive can save energy;
- Why sustainability metrics spur product development efforts to improve conservation efforts
According to a U.S. Department of Energy survey, steam accounts for one-third of all the energy used in process plants. Monitoring and optimizing the cost of your steam system can yield big rewards. Ignoring inefficient operation easily could drain profits.
Operating and maintaining a reliable steam system is vital to chemical processing plants and can have significant cost impact on a plant's annual budget. Typical profit drainers in operating and maintaining a steam system include excessive fuel cost, inefficient steam generation, less-than-optimal steam utlilization and poor condensate recovery. This Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook presents strategies for reducing cost associated with using and generating steam, a 4 step approach for improving efficiency and insight on heat exchanger selection criteria. Specifically:
- Control Steam System Energy Costs - Steam system losses can silently drain profits
- Optimize Your Steam System - A simple four-step approach can improve steam efficiency
- Head Off Exchanger Errors - Selecting the most-appropriate heads for a shell-and-tube unit is crucial
Learn how to generate savings through steam use and generation. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook now.06/29/2015
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), London, has released its Global Water Report 2014. Water challenges, especially in the chemicals industry have not diminished and in fact, are becoming an increasingly larger concern for processors. As stated by Paul Simpson, CEO of the CDP , “Leading companies increasingly recognize that business-as-usual approaches to water management are no longer sufficient.” Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for:
- Additional findings from the latest CDP report – with a focus on the chemicals industry
- An overview on simple monitoring actions and how adopting best practices may lead to significant savings
- How water conservation efforts can pay off
- How to handle more flow – success often depends upon lowering head losses or raising pump pressure
The safety performance of industrial piping material cannot be overstated—these environments have hundreds, often thousands, of lives at stake. Among the many piping choices, the superior strength, performance and safety of CPVC make it an ideal system for industrial process water applications.
Download the whitepaper now.02/24/2015
Operating and maintaining a reliable steam system is vital to chemical processing plants and can have significant cost impact on a plant's annual budget. Typical profit drainers in operating and maintaining a steam system include excessive fuel cost, inefficient steam generation, less-than-optimal steam utlization and poor condensate recovery. Ensuring adequate supply of steam often results in excessive capacity usage, expensive fuel choices or condensate draining to grade, leading to compromised efficiency levels and higher steam cost. Because steam systems dependency is unavoidalbe, addressing those three issues is crucial to minimizing steam costs.
This Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook presents an overview, steam technologies and strategies for reducing cost associated with using and generating steam including:
- Controlling steam system energy costs
- Real-time monitoring - how wireless devices help cut energy losses by detecting failed steam traps
- Additional resources
Learn how to generate savings through steam use and generation. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook now.05/21/2014
Direct steam injection provides a solution where large volumes of hot water at precise temperatures are required, and saving space and energy are factors in the system design.05/03/2012
This white paper takes an in-depth look at the advantages and disadvantages of steam and hot water for jacketed heating, and compares indirect and direct steam injection systems for making hot water.02/14/2012
Compressed air systems are sometimes called the "4th Utility" due to their presence in almost all industrial processes and facilities. As US water consumption continues to increase, compressed air systems provide an opportunity for energy managers to reduce associated cooling water consumption and costs. In this white paper, we focus on the opportunity to reduce the water consumption of compressed air systems. Understanding the costs and the alternative types of cooling systems is an important first step. This white paper provides background on US water consumption in both the public and industrial sectors; it provides detail on industrial water consumption -- including industrial cooling water -- and its associated costs; it also details six different types of cooling systems available.02/14/2012