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Following Where the Steam Goes: Industry's Business Opportunity
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Many associated benefits accrue from plant projects which comprehensively address steam systems. The DOE-Alliance to Save Energy Steam Challenge program was initiated shortly after last year's IETC on April 30, 1998 to promote awareness of these benefits. Program accomplishments include the collection of steam efficiency tools and documents, the opening of a Steam Challenge clearinghouse, and the creation of a Steering Committee and six subcommittees which allow valued input from businesses and organizations involved with steam systems. Steam energy efficiency opportunities are especially attractive in key industrial sectors. Emphasizing a "systems" approach to steam efficiency is necessary for optimal operation. This takes into consideration the importance of technologies and practices affecting boilers, distribution systems, steam applications and condensate return. Each of these areas offers energy, pollution, and cost savings, as well as important productivity and safety benefits. Particularly important to consider is the interaction effect among these technologies and practices. As an example, poor water treatment can result in early steam trap failure or pipe corrosion down the line. Many examples and case studies demonstrate the benefits of a systems approach to steam.
SubjectSteam System Efficiency
Jaber, D.; Jones, T. (1999). Following Where the Steam Goes: Industry's Business Opportunity. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from