Resources to boost your process heating systems

U.S. Department of Energy
Tags: energy management

To help you understand and enhance the efficiency of your process heating systems, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has updated two resources in its BestPractices library of helpful technical resources—the process heating sourcebook and Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST) Software.

The second edition of Improving Process Heating Systems Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry (PDF 2.38 MB) was produced in collaboration with the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). Download Adobe Reader. The new sourcebook provides information about basic process heating applications and equipment, options for energy and performance efficiency, and an overview of process heating economics. A new feature of this edition is a chapter emphasizing opportunities for improvement in electric-based systems performance.

Electric-based systems use electricity to make or transform a produce through heat-related processes. This new chapter features details and efficiency improvement tips for:

  • arc furnaces
  • electric infrared processing
  • electron beam processing
  • induction heating and melting
  • laser heating
  • microwave processing
  • plasma processing
  • radio-frequency processing
  • resistance heating and melting
  • ultraviolet curing.

The sourcebook also features a list of ITP's BestPractices process heating performance improvement tools, as well as a directory of additional industry resources on process heating systems. Find the entire suite of process heating tip sheets and technical briefs in the Appendix section.

Download the new sourcebook (PDF 2.4 MB). Download Adobe Reader.

Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST) Version 2.0

ITP also announces the release of Version 2.0 of the Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST). This software tool helps industrial users investigate process heating equipment that uses fuel, steam, or electricity, and identify the most energy-intensive equipment in their facility. Version 2.0 is enhanced to also assess furnace equipment, ovens, heaters, melters, and boilers. The new version supports both English and metric units of measurement, and allows local currency options for energy cost and savings calculations.

Download PHAST today, and start saving energy and money in your industrial process heating systems

Dr. Arvind Thekdi provides helpful tips for optimizing your process heating system in this issue's Ask an Energy Expert column.

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