The cost of wasting energy efficiently

Mann, Anthony (2016) The cost of wasting energy efficiently. In Bruce, Robin (Ed.) Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Mackay, Qld, pp. 358-366.

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A significant advantage of cane sugar milling operations relative to sugar beet processing and most other industries is energy self-sufficiency. For typical cane fibre levels, the quantity of bagasse leaving a milling train exceeds the boiler station requirements for most factories. In the past surplus bagasse was universally perceived to have no value; factories were designed without emphasis on steam economy and inefficient and inefficiently run boilers were ubiquitous. This minimised the costs associated with storing and handling bagasse but has left the Australian industry with a legacy of high boiler maintenance costs, high replacement boiler capital costs and reduced reliability.

This paper summarises calculations carried out to estimate the increase in boiler component wear due to different energy wasting techniques used in the boiler station.

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ID Code: 96295
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0726–0822
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
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Last Modified: 26 Jun 2016 04:16

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