May 2015

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Maximize energy recovery with small steam turbines

Using smaller turbines (50 kW to 300 kW) can aid system efficiency and help conserve energy. We investigate examples in which the application of smaller steam turbines provided return on investment within two years.

Kaupert, K., Energent; Krull, R., Iles, R., Energent Corp.

Steam systems are common in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). In the past, system design was on large steam turbines. However, using smaller turbines (50 kW to 300 kW) can also increase system efficiency and help conserve energy. This article investigates examples in which the application of smaller steam turbines provided return on investment within two years. Introduction Steam systems are an integral part of large hydrocarbon processing facilities. Such systems are used with large steam turbines that, in turn, drive other plant equipment. Steam systems are also used to provide heat for chemical processes and building environments. Furthermore, steam may also be required in th

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