In the relentless pursuit of enhanced energy efficiency, innovations in boiler maintenance and optimisation stand as cornerstones. Anssum, at the forefront of pioneering energy solutions, embarked on a transformative initiative in South Africa, focusing on Recovery Boiler Soot Blowing. This article provides insights into the project’s nuances and its profound impact on boiler thermal efficiency.

Project Overview

  • Focus Area: Energy
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Recovery Boiler Soot Blowing
  • Status: Completed
  • Timeline: October 13, 2022 – April 20, 2023

The Challenge

Recovery boilers play a pivotal role in various industries, particularly in processing Dry Black Liquor (DBL) — a byproduct of the kraft pulping process. However, these boilers often face efficiency challenges due to soot accumulation. If not addressed efficiently, this soot can significantly hamper the boiler’s thermal capabilities.

The Anssum Solution

To tackle this challenge, Anssum introduced “smart soot blowing,” a modern technique with several advantages:

  • Precision: It targets specific areas of soot accumulation that critically affect efficiency.
  • Adaptability: The technique adjusts the soot blowing frequency and intensity based on real-time data and feedback.
  • Optimisation: By concentrating on key problematic areas, it reduces wear and tear on boiler tubes, extending the boiler’s operational lifespan.

Technical Achievements

The initiative’s outcomes were notably impactful:

DBL Ratio Enhancement: The Dry Black Liquor to steam ratio, a crucial metric reflecting the efficiency of processing this substance, improved by a remarkable 4.24%. This indicates a more efficient conversion of DBL, leading to optimised energy utilisation.

In Conclusion

Anssum’s Recovery Boiler Soot Blowing project in South Africa underscores the transformative potential of innovative energy solutions. With the introduction of smart soot blowing, the standards of boiler maintenance and efficiency have been elevated.

As the energy landscape continues to evolve, Anssum remains committed to championing initiatives that not only address immediate challenges but also pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient future.