Chemical plants have unique challenges when it comes to insulating their heat process equipment and storage vessels to save energy. Often the chemical environment degrades older forms of insulation quickly and they wont stand up to any splash contact with chemicals.
Other issues with trying to use fibrous insulation for tanks, kettles, reactors, and pipes include corrosion under insulation (CUI) and short lifespan, meaning costly maintenance and repairs over time.
The bulk chemical industry is the largest industrial consumer of energy in the United States, accounting for 28% of the industrial sectors energy use. So there are a lot of opportunities to reduce energy consumption both at a facility level and corporate level with the right type of insulation.
Durable Insulation for Chemical Manufacturers
Which type of insulation can chemical manufacturers use that will effectively insulate their manufacturing equipment and storage tanks to lower energy consumption and is durable enough to stand up to their factory environments?
Heat Shield EPX-H2O was designed as an easy-to-use
thermal insulation coating that lasts over a decade without any degradation or need for replacement. Key advantages of this insulation for the chemical industry include:
- Powerful energy savings (users report 15% to 35% or more)
- Safe touch solution (can reduce surfaces as hot as 400F to 140F)
- Splash resistant to acids, bases, and fuels
- Prevents corrosion & CUI
- Can be sprayed on while surface is hot (no downtime)
- No exterior cladding needed
- Water-based, low VOC, environmentally friendly
Heat Shield EPX-H2O can be used on equipment such as:
- Jacketed reactors (aka: kettles)
- Rotary vacuum dryers
- Steam pipes
- Steam valves
- Heat exchangers
- Chemical storage tanks
What Type of Energy Savings & Temperature Reduction Can EPX-H2O Achieve?
Here are a few case studies in a variety of industrial applications that illustrate the powerful performance of this insulating coating.
Steam Pipes in municipal water reclamation facility: Temperature reduction of -52F (from 152F to 100F)
Boiler in a large city hospital: Temperature reduction of -94F (from 230F to 136F), and energy savings of 241.06 BTU/hr.ft2
Dyeing Machine in textile manufacturing facility: Energy savings of between 30% to 50%, with ROI in just 5 months.