How Are Boilers Used In Chemical Processing?
At the heart of any chemical processing plant is a great boiler system. In many ways, boilers are the unsung hero of any chemical processing operation. The boiler system you choose for your chemical processing will have a significant impact on the productivity and efficiency of your operation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that boilers are utilized during chemical processing.
Heat and Cool Reactors
Chemical manufacturers typically operate in a cyclical fashion. There are times when the reactor needs to be heated up and other times when it should be cooled down. The steam proceeded by the plant’s boiler system plays a key role in making this happen. Steam from the boiler can be an effective way to warm up the reactor to a specific temperature in order to perform certain chemical reactions.
Of course, when reactors need to be cooled down, the boiler can be turned off or lowered so that not as much steam is being produced. This allows the reactor to gradually cool down when necessary. Without the ability to create on-demand steam with the boiler system, it would be more difficult to keep the reactor at the proper temperature based on the needs of the plant at any given moment.
Heating and Cooling the Plant
It’s important not to forget that chemical plants are sometimes 24/7 operations that need to be heated and cooled appropriately for the workers on duty. Since steam boilers are needed during chemical processing, it makes sense to also use that same steam to maintain climate control within the plant itself. This may seem a little obvious, but it’s another way that a plant’s steam boiler contributes to the work being done.
Control Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chemical processing companies are usually monitored closely for emissions of harmful greenhouse gases like NOx and CO2. It’s impossible for most chemical processing companies to operate without some emissions of those harmful substances. However, the boiler system they have in place often plays a key role in the volume of harmful gases that are being exposed to the environment.
Boilers that can operate with a lower flame temperature are usually better at limiting NOx and CO2 emissions. This can be helpful in improving air quality and complying with any local or state restrictions that can sometimes result in a fine or other penalties if proper emission levels can’t be maintained. It’s also responsible for any company to limit its environmental impact as much as possible.
The Best Chemical Processing Boiler
Several chemical processing companies have found that Miura’s modular, water tube boilers are their best option. For starters, Miura’s boilers are industry leaders when it comes to NOx and CO2 emissions, making it easier to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and meet any emission restrictions.
The on-demand nature of Miura boilers also makes them ideal for handling the fluctuating demand that many chemical plants have — just ask the team at Fujifilm Hunt Chemicals, a chemical processing company that experienced a drastic decrease in their energy footprint after choosing Miura. This makes it easy to lower or turn off the boiler system when the reactor needs to cool down, knowing that the boilers can be started up quickly when the reactor needs to be heated up. Miura boilers have helped chemical processors to improve their productivity while also reducing their fuel costs because of how efficient Miura boilers are at handling fluctuating steam needs.