Natural gas has a 3-to-1 price advantage over electricity and is as versatile as it is cost-effective. Additionally, natural gas-fired water heaters significantly reduce both electric demand costs and equipment maintenance.
Historically, electric heaters were used to boost hot water for commercial dishwashers from 140 degrees to 180 degrees for sterilization purposes. Cleaning chemicals can also be used for sterilization. However, both of these options have obvious downsides that include high costs, maintenance, and environmental concerns.
Using natural gas lowers operating costs and increases profit potential.
Co-fired cupolas, boilers, and blast furnaces use small amounts of clean burning natural gas to enhance solid fuel's performance. Whether your application uses coal, wood waste, or other fuels, using natural gas will greatly improve your operations.
Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Lower Emissions - Co-fired systems will reduce NOx, CO, SO2, and particulates.
- Improved Efficiency - Co-fired systems enhance heat transfer, increase carbon burnout, and reduce excess air in boilers.
- Superior Operation - Co-fired systems reduce plant maintenance, increase reliability, and respond well to rapid load swings.
As environmental regulations tighten and costs continue to increase, industry continues to seek ways to use energy efficiently and effectively. Co-generation, a technology that burns energy once and uses it twice, may be the answer for your industry.
Burns energy once, but uses it twice. . .
Co-generation or "thermal recycling" captures the excess energy contained in exhaust gases. A unique type of heat exchanger or heat recovery unit is placed in line with the exhaust of a gas turbine that uses the hot exhaust gases in place of a boiler flame. This "waste" heat would be lost "up the stack" in more conventional designs, but with co-generation, exhaust gases are not allowed to escape until all excess thermal energy is recovered. Thus, industry can have its own natural gas fueled independent power plant that efficiently produces electricity and hot water or steam.
The drying process is necessary in a wide variety of industries, including pulp and paper, grain, food processing, plastics, textiles, metal finishing, and automotive paint application. Using a natural gas system can improve productivity, lower costs, reduce emissions, and increase efficiencies.
In fact, in some industrial applications, dryers can pay for themselves in a very short period. For example, retrofit infrared preheating systems can pay for themselves in less than a year, according to the Gas Research Institute.
New Service Line Installation - Commercial/Industrial
If you are in need of a natural gas service line, please contact your local SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company Key Account Executive. They are available to help you through the process of converting an existing building that has never had a gas line installed or getting a new building up and running. They will be with you every step of the way to identify your specific needs and coordinate the entire process.
Also, don’t get shut out by the cold. SEMCO ENERGY can supply natural gas to any framed-in buildings while you complete your interior work and cure concrete. Construction heat is a great way to help keep you moving forward through the winter!