Camera-Driven Equipment Located in the Biomass Boiler

UK Waste to Energy Firm Introduces New Intelligent Boiler Monitoring Technology

Macclesfield, UK based organic waste firm, Tidy Planet, is utilising Spanish industrial heater specialist, SUGIMAT’s Artificial Vision System technology to the country for the first time.

Waste to Energy Biomass Tidy Planet SUGIMAT

Macclesfield, UK based organic waste firm, Tidy Planet, is utilising Spanish industrial heater Specialist, SUGIMAT’s Artificial Vision System (AVS) technology for the first time.

Debuted at Valencia’s FIMMA-Maderalia fair in February this year, Sugimat’s new AVS technology incorporates camera-driven equipment located in the biomass system and continuously monitors the fire in the boiler by observing the flame – to regulate air flow, grate movement and fuel feed – enhance the environment for maximum heat output and fuel efficiency, as well as reduce emissions.

Tidy Planet’s partnership with SUGIMAT began earlier in the year. However, the companies explained that the next chapter of the relationship sees the firm unveil the new intelligent boiler monitoring and control system in Britain.

It has been designed and engineered to significantly improve and optimise the combustion process – a similar technology to that used in automotive firm TESLA’s newly developed heaters.

“With an accelerated industry demand for biomass boilers, technology that not only monitors but optimises combustion conditions, enables organisations to reap a wealth of benefits – especially where the use of variable feedstocks and reduced operator costs are concerned,” explained James Tyler, director at Tidy Planet.

“For example, the AVS’s constant boiler supervision and regulation works to improve the efficiency of non-homogeneous fuels by up to 10% – as well as incrementally reducing emissions and the need for human intervention. As a result, this enables companies to generate more energy, reduce labour and eliminate any wastage from the fuel that they are putting in – which are obvious environmental and financial advantages,” he continued.

The technology can not only be retrofitted to SUGIMAT’s range of boilers but can also be added onto other boiler brands. This enables sites with troublesome fuels – where clean and efficient combustion is difficult to achieve – the opportunity to experience the same significant benefits.

“The computerised AVS is smart and self-sufficient, using real-world image-processing tech to act as a human eye during the combustion process,” said Sugimat’s business development director Alex Mas. “As the equipment can anticipate, localise and rectify potential faults, less human interaction is required for maintenance – increasing both the machine’s up-time and a business’s bottom line.”

Having first worked together in 2016 on the DHL-Gatwick Airport Energy from Waste plant project – when the Airport became the world’s first to process CAT1 International Catering Waste on-site – Tidy Planet and Sugimat are both committed to harnessing waste as a valuable resource.

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