Boilers have been a vital element of building design ever since they were developed. Boiler technology has seen countless changes over the years, leading to more efficient and eco-friendly boiler systems.
Some of these innovations include:
- Fuel flexibility
- Lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Higher turndown
- Longer lifespans
- More stable burner systems
This has led to improved facility operations. We’ll discuss the particulars of some of these advances in boiler technology.
Amplified Use of Condensers
Replacing non-condensing boilers with the newer condensing designs has led to an overall boost in system performance and efficiency. That also brings with it a reduction in operational costs.
Ultra-Low NOx Burners
Ultra-low NOx burners prevent thermal NOx or prompt NOx. Using this new boiler technology, these burners systematically pre-mix fuel and air before combustion. This process eliminates most fuel-related waste created by the older, less efficient models.
Advantages of Using Ultra-Low NOx Burners:
- Reduce the incidence of major complications in system operation
- Can be combined with complex boiler systems to lower NOx levels.
- Substantial decrease in harmful gas emissions.
The Future of Boiler Design
The future of boiler design will likely involve integration with renewable energy sources (solar energy, geothermal, wind, etc.).
Solar energy is gaining popularity in the U.S. to pre-heat water tanks. A solar water heater usually can’t provide enough heated water by itself, but it can increase the energy efficiency of the system and supplement a boiler’s heating needs.
If you’d like to know more about boiler technological advances, contact MaintenX today.