New Technical Resource – US DOE AMO Steam Tip Sheet
- March 18, 2013
- James Rossettini
The US Department of Energy – Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) provides frequent guidance on operating, maintaining and improving steam systems. In January 2012, the AMO released a series of Steam Tip Sheets intended for improving a plant’s energy efficiency. Coffin Turbo Pump has added “Steam Tip Sheet #21 – Consider Steam Turbine Drives for Rotating Equipment” to its technical resources. In addition to a technical description, the document provides a framework for evaluating the cost savings of installing a turbine driven centrifugal boiler feedwater pump.
From the tip sheet:
Steam turbines are well suited as prime movers for driving boiler feedwater pumps, forced or induced-draft fans, blowers, air compressors, and other rotating equipment. This service generally calls for a backpressure noncondensing steam turbine. The low-pressure steam turbine exhaust is available for feedwater heating, preheating of deaerator makeup water, and/or process requirements.
Steam turbine drives are equipped with throttling valves or nozzle governors to modulate steam flow and achieve variable speed operation. The steam turbine drive is thus capable of serving the same function as an induction motor coupled to an inverter or adjustable speed drive. Steam turbine drives can operate over a broad speed range and do not fail when overloaded…….read more and download the complete tip sheet
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For more information on improving your steam systems, visit the US DOE AMO Steam Systems website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_deployment/steam.html
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