Smart scale energy solutions for steam systems

Monitoring the efficiency of steam boilers pays off

A typical steam boiler often consumes many times the initial capital expense in fuel usage annually. The investment cost for a boiler can easily be five times lower than the yearly fuel consumption. Consequently, a difference of just a few percentage points in boiler efficiency between units will result in substantial fuel savings. Our smart scale energy solutions for steam systems help you to monitor your boiler's efficiency.

Boiler efficiency

Key factor to benefit of continuous cost reduction is monitoring the fuel usage or boiler efficiency. It accounts for the effectiveness of the heat exchanger as well as for the radiation, convection and blow down losses. This helps to:

  • Gain transparency of the fuel and steam consumption

  • Identify, quantify and allocate losses in the system

  • Benchmark boiler and consumers and optimize their use

  • Minimize maintenance cost and downtime

  • Verify investments

  • Evaluate most efficient operation load of boiler and production

Steam balance and leakage

A lot of energy is lost in steam systems due to improper insulation or leakage found at valve stems, unions, pressure regulators, pipe joints and defect steam traps. Mass balancing by measurement at different points in the steam system helps to:

  • Detect leakages in time

  • Define ideal maintenance intervals and justify expenses

  • Find weak points in insulation

  • Quantify and reduce condensate losses and thus save valuable energy, reduce make up water and chemical

Specific energy consumption

The allocation of energy usage to specific areas and processes is one of the key factors for energy management systems (e.g. ISO 50001) and precondition for transparent bookkeeping. The exact measurement of air consumption per unit of product is also helpful to optimize production processes. Furthermore the data are suitable for a carbon footprint evaluation.

Steam application - parameters

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Monitoring the efficiency of steam boilers pays off ©Byworth Boilers

Monitoring the efficiency of steam boilers pays off

Smart scale energy solutions for steam boilers for substantial fuel savings ©Endress+Hauser

Smart scale energy solutions for steam boilers for substantial fuel savings

Steam leakage in a production process ©Endress+Hauser

Steam leakage in a production process.

Continuous cost reduction by monitoring the fuel usage or boiler efficiency ©Endress+Hauser

Continuous cost reduction by monitoring the fuel usage or boiler efficiency

Constant monitoring of a steam boilerand the steam system is key to improving system performance ©Endress+Hauser
Steam leakage ©Endress+Hauser

Steam leakage

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