What is the difference between an industrial boiler and a steam generator? Steam generators are modern devices with instant on-off, steam velocity control and significant temperature exit capabilities all without having to use up energy to create pressure.
Industrial boilers have worked well but they are 19th and 20th century type technology machines with low efficiencies. They can reach 85% efficiency in many configurations, but they still have significant drawbacks in temperature capability.
Temperature Limitations – Industrial boilers are temperature limited by pressure. To obtain higher temperatures, higher pressures are required. Not so for steam generators.
To operate at lower temperatures than rated, boilers typically sacrifice efficiency or safety. Not so for steam generators.
Combustion Process – Nearly all industrial boilers utilize the combustion process. This leads to Co2 and NOX production as well as fossil fuel consumption. Combustion processes typically result in low efficiencies and high energy losses.
Safety – Pressure vessels can fail and explode. Low water levels can result in boiler overheating and potentially explode. Gas leaks pose an inhalation danger as well as an explosion risk.
Difficult to Use Boilers – Boiler operation is typically dependent on specific, trained individuals who are trained to read dials and follow numerous safety measures as per local code. Boilers are complicated.
Steam Generators use 21st century technology. No combustion or pressure vessels. OAB and HGA patented technologies allow steam generators to operate with unparalleled efficiencies, saving you time, money and improving your process.
Steam Without the Wait
BoilerFreeTM technology allows nearly instant steam production. Most MHI steam generators produce superheated in under a minute from a cold start. With a variety of outputs and configurations available, MHI likely has an energy efficient high-productivity solution for your steam application.