Steam Balancing saving small distillery £3K per month
The whisky industry is a heat intensive sector with heat accounting for around 80% of its primary energy requirements. There is an even higher proportion of heat to power requirement within the most intensive sites e.g. distilleries. Distillers have taken active steps to reduce demand for heat by improving energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy projects.
RHI funding has played a crucial part helping projects get off the ground.
A major headache within these renewable energy projects can be steam measurement. Steam measurement equipment must have as a minimum, the following components continuously measuring the steam properties and calculating the cumulative steam energy that has passed through the measuring system.
- A flow meter to determine how much fluid (steam) has passed through a pipe over a given time period;
- A pressure sensor for measuring the pressure of steam flowing through the pipe;
- A temperature sensor - a device for measuring the temperature of steam flowing through the pipe;
- A calculator/digital integrator - a device which uses the information provided by the flow meter, temperature and pressure sensors to calculate the cumulative heat energy transferred through the pipe.
JWF have helped our customers adhere to the regulation guidelines set out by Ofgem for RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) projects by offering ABB Swirl Meters versus the conventional Vortex flow meters.
- Swirl Meters create their own flow profile within the meter, so they require only 3 straight diameters upstream and 1 downstream compared to 15 and 5 of their Vortex cousin.
- Swirl Meters offer a higher degree of accuracy than most Vortex meters.
- Along with all the benefits that the Vortex brings in Energy measurement the Swirl Meter offers the following:
- Elimination of external temperature measurement
- Full cost savings for external flow computer
- Increased system accuracy by directly applying the provided pressure measuring signal
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