Time for industries to clean up their act, and our air!

Can industrial processes become greener? In this blog post, Mattias highlights the problem with old boilers used in industries today and why installing heat pumps will benefit us all.

American scientists recently exposed how the use of diesel in the name of battling climate change turned out to be an environmental disaster for air quality. Alarmingly, entire industries in much of Asia are using even worse alternatives as an integral part of their production processes.

Dirty old boilers

For example, the textile, forest and metallurgical industries in countries such as India and China depend on old firewood or coal-based boilers. These boilers normally run continuously to burn efficiently, leading to at least twice the needed energy output. On top of this, the build-up of  ash and soot in the fire tubes result in an inefficient heat transfer and a loss of steam pressure. What’s more, due to manual cleaning of these boilers, the overall productivity suffers.

Similarly, in Europe, old boilers fired by gas and diesel cause problems, both in terms of pollution and energy security. The use of diesel, for example, as revealed in the Volkswagen emission scandal, is a direct health hazard due to the emissions of NOx. NOx is a by-product of all combustion, which contributes to ozone depletion, increased particulate matter in the air and acid rain. Furthermore, most industrial boilers are limited to an efficiency of between 78-85%, which in reality is much less due to operational inefficiencies and maintenance.

Time to go electric

This all sounds pretty dirty and costly, right? Well, the good news is that there’s an alternative. High-temperature heat pumps can do the same job as these boilers without emitting any CO2 and other health-damaging gases.

A high-temperature heat pump doesn’t use fossil fuels to generate high pressure steam, which is a popular form of heating throughout the industry due to its excellent transportation properties. Instead, it uses a bit of electricity and waste heat that’s already been generated on site. The result is considerable savings in fuel costs and CO2 emissions. On top of this, most heat pump systems can be easily integrated into a factory without changing entire processes.

Our HeatBooster system, for example, measures only 4 by 1 meter, and can produce 200 kW of heat per unit. It can easily be connected to an available waste heat circuit and the heat circuit used for the industrial process. The equipment is always tested in our test facility prior to installation, which makes the commissioning on site quick and cost-effective.

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This blog post has been written by Mattias Nilsson, Development Engineer at Viking Heat Engines Germany. You can reach Mattias at mattias.nilsson@vikingheatengines.com.

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