The benefits of tuning combustion in industrial boilers
1 hour, limited theory, only relevant info
Monitoring key combustion parameters can significantly contribute to improving boiler performance, and increasing flexibility, reliability, and overall plant efficiency. It can also help reduce pollutant formation and unburned carbon.
But how can operators achieve this in practice?
That’s precisely our focus in this one-hour webinar.
Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Berlin 9am
Abu Dhabi, Dubai 11am
Manilla, Taipei 3pm
Join us free of charge.
Not available on the day of the webinar?
No problem, you can register anyway and we will send you the slides and the link to watch the recording afterwards.
1 - Why combustion tuning?
In Part One, we demonstrate the benefits of optimizing combustion and introduce case studies where the optimization of gaseous, liquid and solid fuel combustion has been successfully achieved. We also discuss the following basic concepts:
- Air-fuel ratio,
- air-fuel equivalence ratio (Lambda),
- boiler configuration,
- furnace exit gas temperature.
2 - Measuring is knowing
To efficiently assess combution, sensors are needed. In practice, such sensors are often not fitted to boilers, and information about combustion key parameters is not readily available to operators. To address this issue, Part Two of the webinar introduces the EUtech suite of online measuring equipment:
- Fuel flow and air flow,
- fuel particle size distribution,
- furnace exit gas temperature (FEGT) and its distribution,
- erosion, slagging, and fouling.
Questions at the event? Please feel free to ask!
We welcome your questions at the webinar, and please also feel free to bring specific cases for discussion. Our experts will be ready to offer their opinions and advice. Any questions we don’t get to will be addressed by email after the webinar. Questions can be in English, French or Dutch.
Meet our experts
A combustion expert, Julien Blondeau is a professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where he teaches on thermodynamics, combustion and thermal power plants. He works with ENGIE Laborelec on industrial boiler tuning missions and field measurement campaigns as well as on research projects in the area of advanced combustion monitoring.
Julien is highly experienced in both the power industry and academia, which means that he is very well-placed to speak on the concrete impact of scientific research on daily power plant operation.
With a degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy conversion, and a PhD from the University of Bologna in Italy, Francesco Turoni went on to join EUtech Scientific Engineering GmbH in Aachen, Germany, where he is currently Head of the Energy Solutions Team.
The team focuses on innovative measurement and diagnostic solutions as well as model-based approaches to combustion diagnostics, control and optimization, data management and analysis. Francesco has published international papers on control development, process simulation, combustion engineering and measurement technology.
A combustion expert, who has worked at ENGIE Laborelec since 2008, Jan Van den Auweele specializes in combustion issues in conventional thermal power plants. His main activities consist in supporting operators to tune combustion in boilers and to solve operational issues such as slagging, fouling, corrosion or unburned fuel. Jan has also developed a particular focus on the conversion of power plants from fossil fuels to biomass.