Today, energy management is a necessity and is very essential for future. Boilers generate steam which is used to provide space heat, process heat and other variants of heat. Steam boiler is used for generation of heat through heat transfer process from a working fluid or water. The invention of circulating fluid bed boilers has given boilers and power plant operators a greater flexibility in burning wide range of fuels. Circulating fluidized bed operation is a clean process with lower emission pollutants. Key factors affecting the advanced CFB boiler technology are wide fuel flexibility, excellent emission performance and large range of load adjustment. This proved that it is one of the clean coal combustion technologies commercially applied in large scale operations. The need for cost efficient and cleaner combustion technology coupled with stringent environmental regulations in Asia, has led to the development in energy efficient power generation.
According to the study “Asia Circulating Fluid Bed Boilers Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report”, circulating fluidized bed boilers are designed for lignite or coal, from industrial to large-scale utility boilers. Majority of the circulating fluidized bed boilers are designed for fuels such as biomass and various types of waste which are co-fired with regular fuels simultaneously. The industries that are benefitted from circulating fluidized bed technology are textiles, paper, fertilizer, chemicals and petroleum refining. Circulating fluidized bed boilers solve Asia’s energy crisis and decreased dependence on grid power. Decrease in fossil fuels, high degree of carbon emission into the atmosphere, and increasing quantity of hazardous waste from energy production processes are few factors driving the circulating fluidized bed boilers market in Asia.
The various products types available in Asia’s circulating fluidized bed boilers are subcritical, supercritical and ultra-supercritical. Circulating Fluid Bed Boilers in Asian market are utilized in calendering process resin, chemicals, manufacturing and others. Circulating fluid bed boilers market in Asia is spread across China, Japan, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia and other region. The leading players in Asia’s circulating fluid bed boilers industry are Dongfang Boiler Group Co (China), AE&E Nanjing Boiler Co (China), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (India), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), Shanghai Boiler Works Co (China), Thermax. D Ltd (India) and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company Limited (UAE).
Circulating fluidized bed boilers are used to produce energy from a variety of fuels such as biomass, coal, and peat because they have a very low operating temperature, emit low levels of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide. Circulating fluidized bed boilers installation is highest in the oil and gas industry because power consumption has increased rapidly over the past few years. It was observed that there is a significant increase across chemical, manufacturing, and other industries as well. The installed circulating fluidized bed boilers have fuel-flexibility in all the manufacturing industries. China will witness a robust growth in circulating fluidized bed boilers market due to the need for clean fuel and development in power market. Industrialization and infrastructural development in Asian countries such as India and China has witnessed a need for continuous reliable electricity supply which can be provided with the installation of more number of circulating fluidized bed boilers in the next few years.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications