Sure, everyone knows you can create energy in a power plant using coal, or natural gas, but what about creating that same energy using a high pressure boiler? These industrial-size machines are sometimes as large as steam tanks and run on a pressure of 210 kgf/sq.cm. Temperatures can get as high as 650 degrees Celsius.
These types of tube boilers are already being used in places like India and Japan where their high output is actually quite commonplace. These countries tend to have the largest water boilers in the world. Output from these boilers is usually in the 40-1600 tonnes/hr range. The steam from the high pressure is exceptional when providing energy to a power plant.
The benefits of a high pressure boiler
Cost: The lightweight tubes and small drums used in conjunction with high-efficiency units can often reduce the foundation size needed for the boiler itself. This saves money both during installation and in servicing of the unit. A high-pressure boiler is more efficient than old-fashioned steam boilers and therefore can be operated on less electricity.
Efficiency: A high-pressure unit is invariably more cost-efficient than a low-pressure, steam tank. Unlike with its counterpart, the high-pressure tank creates steam within just a few minutes of switching it on. A high-pressure boiler can run as much as 40 percent more efficient than a standard steam boiler.
Drum size: In most cases, it takes a large drum to contain the water inside the boiler. But high-pressure units use small drums. In some cases, they do not even require one at all. This means that less storage space is necessary, again saving not just on space but on money as well.
For more information on boilers, careers, industry outlooks, publications, please visit the American Boilers Manufacturers Association at AMBA.com.