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Improving Efficiency in Thermal Power Plants

Posted by Sam Clayton on 18 January 2017

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HRL Technology Group's plant performance team has extensive experience in thermal power plant performance testing and optimization across Australia and South East Asia including Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. We combine high-tech calibrated field testing equipment, feasibility studies, laboratory and pilot-scale facilities and the latest desktop modelling techniques to investigate and optimize process efficiency and deliver tested solutions which improve heat rates and electrical output, improve plant flexibility including low load operation, reduce off-loading and deliver on-going financial and environmental benefits.

We apply our expertise in both large and small industrial scale boilers raising steam and generating power and also in other plants operating at high temperature and/or pressure. Examples of industrial equipment that can be tested includes boilers, mills, rotary air heaters, furnaces, rotary kilns, smelters, dust collection equipment, fans and turbines.

In a recent project a team of HRLTG engineers and technicians performed a comprehensive testing program over one month in a power station in Indonesia. The testing involved turbine heat rate testing and determination of boiler thermal efficiency.

The testing and subsequent data evaluation and power plant modelling was performed to evaluate the impact of a fuel change on plant operation and efficiency, to assist in establishing the Power Purchase Contract for the plant, to determine future fuel usage and provide information for an upcoming turbine upgrade. The program was very successful and HRLTG has been requested to perform similar work programs for other Indonesian power plants.

Sam ClaytonAuthor:Sam Clayton
About: Sam has over 14 years of experience in energy efficiency, fuel switching and the implementation of cost saving options from the findings of energy efficient audits on large industrial plants. Sam has extensive experience in evaluation of upgrading and utilisation options for gas, biomass and other fuels. His experience includes material/fuel characterization, practical research and demonstration, techno-economic assessments, and detailed feasibility studies.
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