All major industries are facing the challenge of remaining economically and environmentally sustainable. One of the major obstacles to overcome is waste.
The disposal and removal of waste can be expensive. This is furthered by costs and sanctions of polluants released into the environment, making ti harder to maintain production while meeting environmental regulations. Additionally, many high waste-producing applications are less efficient.
Altogether these factors make waste a big hit to a businesses bottom line, while making it harder to meet environmental requirements.
Simply preventing waste is not practical for many industries. Instead, to hit climate and budget targets, it is necessary implement new strategies to recycle and reuse waste.
By realizing the potential of waste, not only helps to hit key targets but also allows project to run more economically. For example, waste oil such as the by-product of industrial lubricants are typically disposed of. Due to their nature, these synthetic oils carry heavy disposal fees. However, with the right approach it’s possible to give these oils a second life. Thus reducing operational costs and getting more value out of materials.
One example of this is using waste oil as thermal fluids. To use this the waste product must have the appropriate properties for the heat transfer fluid application. Depending on use, temperature range, and equipment, additives or treatment may be necessary.
Waste oil heaters are another method for getting more out of industrial waste. They allow for a re-refining process that uses the waste oil as the input. By burning the waste oil, the heater can recycle the product for uses such as:
This limits the amount of waste produced, while simultaneously reducing cost of these fuels and oils.
When waste gas is released into the atmosphere it’s not just bad for the environment, it’s also bad for public reputation. The smell, visual, and possible side effects can damage public perception, especially if the process occurs near dwellings or workplaces. Expelling that waste gas is also a missed opportunity for efficiency.
A lot of energy is used to create enough heat for processes to occur. When these processes expel hot gasses as a byproduct, they limit their own efficiency. The expelled gas represents waste heat that has the potential to be reused to improve operational efficiency and costs.
By redirecting the waste heat back into the system, processes require less energy to maintain operating temperatures and reduce heat-up times. This reuse limits the amount of waste produced, while keeping operations fast, affordable, and efficient.
Electric circulation heaters present an ideal opportunity for industrial waste reduction and reuse.
Circulation heaters are the ideal option for oil production applications. Where waste oil is used as a thermal fluid, the heater is able to not only control fluid temperature but to increase fluid mobility and flow to match project requirements. In a process pipeline, for instance, the in-line heater ensures continuous flow by maintaining oil viscosity.
They also present an ideal solution when burning waste oil to recycle and use as a resource such as motor oil. An electric waste oil heater is particularly useful for this because it is capable of achieving high temperatures quickly and efficiently — without producing more waste.
To this end, Wattco used an electric circulation heater with j-type thermocouples as the ideal heater for an environmental waste site. By using an electric heater they were able to meet the budget restriction, efficiency requirements, and target flow rate that it could maintain throughout Montana’s cold season.
Electric heaters are also used in the recycling of waste heat. They reduce heat loss from the waste gas with minimal operational costs. As well, they provide an efficient way to increase the waste heats temperatures if necessary to meet targets. This usage makes it possible for waste heat to be used in comfort heating as well as production applications.
Wattco custom manufactures electric circulation heaters for all major industries. Our trusted electric heaters provide top quality and reliability for efficient and consistent heating. The Wattco team works with you to select the ideal heater types, configurations, and settings to match your projects specific needs and budget.
Contact Wattco today for electric circulation heater quotes and information.
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