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UK’s plastic recycling firm installs Babcock ESM steam generator

UK-based plastic recycling company, J&A Young has installed a Babcock Wanson ESM Steam Generator at its new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Corby.

The food-grade recycling plant has the ability to handle up to 30,000 tonnes of PET plastic bottles per annum and requires considerable amounts of steam to heat water as part of the recycling process.

PET is used extensively for the production of bottles and other containers for the food industry.

Babcock Wanson ESM4000 steam generator provides operating efficiencies of circa 96-97% overall and low emissions and uses modern controls to maintain a close ratio between the burner firing rate and water input with inverter drive of both the combustion air and feed water pumps.

This ensures close control of both steam output and steam quality and lowest practicable consumption of electrical power.

The high efficiency steam generators are considerably quieter, cleaner and cooler in operation and their benefits not only include energy consumption and carbon emissions but also improved safety, simplicity of control and compact size.