How Miura Helps Your Facility Meet Emission Regulations

How Miura Helps Your Facility Meet Emission Regulations

Businesses worldwide have been contributing to global warming for decades through non-sustainable practices, including water wastage and pollution, land pollution, the incorrect disposal of non-degradable materials, and, notably, the emission of hazardous air pollutants. As governments shift their goals towards a greener future, these practices are thankfully receiving public scrutiny and repercussions. 

Chief amongst the kickbacks against non-sustainable business practices are regulations that require businesses to toe the line regarding harmful CO2 emissions. Non-compliance with emission standards is expensive; companies can receive hefty fines for exceeding the emissions limit. Maintaining compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations is critical in the United States, but how can a business keep a cap on its emissions? We’ll look at how Miura can help your facility stay EPA-compliant. 

Industrial Steam Boilers and CO2 Emissions 

Traditional firetube steam boilers aren’t typically environmentally friendly. They have large-volume tanks, which hold gallons of water that can take hours to heat up. This drawn-out firing-up process has a knock-on effect; the machines are often left running, even after business hours, as powering the boilers down and restarting them simply takes too much time during business hours. 

Thanks to the large water tanks, traditional boilers require more fuel to heat up and produce steam. Once running, they consume more fuel overall as they’re kept on around the clock. This system wastes energy heat during off-peak hours and produces massive emissions. Consider then the emission rates of a processing plant or industrial laundry. These facilities depend on a high steam output using a firetube boiler, which puts the businesses at risk of failing emission regulations. 

With their compact modular design and once-through watertube systems, Miura boilers are in a league of their own. Large water tanks belong in the past; our boilers are smaller, use less water, and heat up in five minutes. Consequently, they need less fuel to create steam and don’t drain energy resources as they can be powered down during a lull in productivity or after hours. 

The LX gas-fired steam boilers are particularly efficient at helping businesses meet emission standards. Depending on the model, these boilers reach NOx regulations as low as 9ppm NOx at 3% corrected O2; they outperform traditional boilers in function and sustainability. 

Miura boilers are suited to burning several fuel types, including propane and No. 2 Oil. In order to provide customers with the most energy-efficient boilers possible, Miura has also designed its systems to be capable of burning biogas. Biogas results from organic waste such as plant residue and livestock waste and, once clean and recovered, is an alternative fuel source or additional support to natural gas producing thermal energy. Miura’s EX boiler series is particularly adept at burning biogas, and their larger furnaces are ideal for extensive facilities looking for a more sustainable steam solution.  

Key Practices For Low Emissions and Optimum Performance

In addition to low NOx systems, rapid startup times, and biogas compatibility, keeping emissions low and performance optimized is also achieved by: 

  • Regular maintenance and yearly “tune-ups”: Checking boiler systems frequently effectively tracks performance and makes it easier to spot any potential issues. A drop in a boiler’s performance can lead to increased fuel usage, higher CO2 output, and a dip in efficiency. 
  • Data Tracking: Tracking and storing data and trends allows us to predict changes to a boiler’s performance and optimize areas that need attention. 
  • Water Testing and Treatment: Water hardness can have terrible consequences for steam boilers. Monitoring your water’s hardness with a colometry hardness detector and treating it with a water softener prevents damage to the boiler, keeping it at peak performance and helping the system last longer overall. 

Start Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Following sustainable business practices is never too late, and selecting a Miura boiler is one of the best (and easiest) ways to begin. If you want to hear more about transitioning to a low-emissions industrial steam boiler, contact us; we’ll be happy to help.