Webster & Horsfall cut energy costs by 33% 13 April 2011
Wire and strip manufacturer Webster & Horsfall is reporting one third energy cost savings since converting from existing inefficient steam boiler to thermal fluid heating.
A key element of the family owned firm's carbon reduction initiative, the Babcock Wanson UK TPC600B heating system was chosen, following a survey conducted by The Carbon Trust, and its offer of an interest free loan.
The unit installed is an automatic coil type, multi-pass thermal fluid heater, with integrated burner, control system and safety devices, and is being used in the company's process area for heating tanks for metal treatment.
On advice, Webster & Horsfall went for a mid-range thermal oil, because it meant a reasonable initial capital cost along with long fluid life expectancy. Also, the existing tank heating system could be modified.
Robert Horsfall, finance director of Webster & Horsfall, says that the new system precisely matches fuel input to plant energy requirements, making a significant difference, both financially and environmentally.
"The new heater is one third more efficient than our previous steam-based boiler, which allows us to operate more efficiently, reduce our energy bills and have a considerable impact on reducing our Carbon footprint," states Horsfall.
"What we hadn't expected initially though is the level of control the new system provides us with. It's amazing. It alerts us to any potential issues, is easy to maintain – no annual statutory inspection is required – and is quick to respond. All that and it doesn't take up much room," he adds.
Babcock Wanson UK Ltd
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