Eco-Oil, a leading UK industrial waste oil recycler, has installed a TPC1000B thermal fluid heating system from industrial process heating specialist Babcock Wanson in its Ipswich oil recycling plant which has reduced its energy consumption and improved overall plant efficiency

A fully automatic coil type, multi-pass thermal fluid heater complete with integrated burner, control system and safety devices, the TPC1000B has been installed in Eco-Oil’s process area and is being used to generate heat for the production of processed fuel oil. Eco-Oil is one of the largest suppliers of this type of fuel product in the UK.

The TPC Heater has been supplied with a dual fuel burner facility, running on gas oil but with the option to switch to the recycled processed fuel oil Eco-Oil produces at the plant.

This is the first time Eco-Oil has opted for a thermal fluid heating system having relied on steam boilers previously. Allan Goulden, engineering director at Eco-Oil, explains his company’s decision to switch: “Reducing energy costs was at the heart of our decision and we knew we could make considerable savings by moving from steam to thermal fluid as the heat source for our process. We investigated the options thoroughly and decided Babcock Wanson offered the best solution. To date we have been proven right: the system has reduced our energy costs and is easy to use with very good control.”

The TPC1000B is claimed to achieve 20 – 50 per cent energy savings when compared to the transfer of the same amount of heat using traditional steam boilers. The system precisely matches fuel input to plant energy requirements which leads to much high plant efficiency. With lower energy input demand also comes lower total exhaust emissions so it’s a ‘win-win’ solution for both operating costs and the environment.

Optimising energy production

Babcock Wanson offers a complete range of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, from steam boilers, thermal fluid heaters, rapid steam generators and hot water boilers to VOC and odour treatment by thermal oxidation, water treatment or process air heating solutions. The company aims to help optimise customer’s energy production using high quality products and efficient service.