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Optimize Your Kiln ID Fan

Optimize Your Kiln ID Fan

Upgrading a fan for maximum efficiency and energy conservation is often a wise business decision that can lead to a favorable and positive return on investment (ROI). Technological advances have made it possible to upgrade existing infrastructure to create more efficient processes that save resources,… read more

Common Sense Solutions to Minimize Emissions

Every plant manager wants their plant to function at the highest level of productivity possible while complying with emissions regulations. This article documents common problems that reduce biomass systems’ efficiency and offers straightforward ideas for solving them. Topics covered include biomass fuel delivery, boiler air… read more

Right Sizing Mechanical Draft Fans

Right Sizing Mechanical Draft Fans

Mechanical draft fans are some of the largest parasitic loads in any production process. More often than not, existing fans are improperly engineered for peak efficiency due to the designer’s fear of creating a system limited by fan draft. Cost-effective modifications to these fans can… read more

Decoding “Efficiency” for Mechanical Draft Fans

Efficiency is an important topic in mechanical draft fan engineering, as well as process engineering more broadly. Currently, there are many different types of fan efficiency ratings prevalent in discussions of draft fan engineering, but these ratings are rarely compared side by side and assessed… read more

Optimizing Fans for the Escalante Generating Station

ProcessBarron was contracted to retrofit two aging fans at the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico, with more efficient designs, rather than an in-kind swap out. The existing fans needed to be replaced because of age, and in-place tests… read more

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) are an effective way to assess the viability of a fan installation. A form of computer simulation, CFD is much less expensive than scale model testing and provides an opportunity to test design variations iteratively in a virtual environment so that… read more

Designing a Bleeding-Edge LEED-Compliant Air Handling System

Designing a Bleeding-Edge LEED-Compliant Air Handling System

ProcessBarron was asked to help engineer and build the air handling system for a new facility called the GenOn Marsh Landing Generating Station — a brownfield redevelopment at an existing power plant adjacent to the Contra Costa Power Plant near Antioch, Calif. GenOn, supported by… read more