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Chapter 11

I The Present Energy Economy

II Australian Energy Consumption

III Research And Development

IV Coal

V Oil And Natural Gas

VI Solar Energy

VII Nuclear Energy

VIII Bagasse Firewood And Other Biomass

IX Electric Power Generation And Distribution electric Power Generation And Distribution

X Manufactured Gas

XI Industrial Process Heat
i The sugar industry
ii General purpose boilers
iii Units used in this chapter



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General purpose boilers

There have been important developments by Australian manufacturers of small to medium sized boilers for general industrial applications. Maxitherm in 1953 introduced their packaged boiler which was completely factory built and could be transported to site, connected up and be ready for operation. Prior to this, boilers had to be assembled on site using pre-fabricated factory built components.

In 1970 Trevor Boilers commenced manufacture of unattended boilers closely followed by Maxitherm in sizes which now reach 3 mW. This was an important development and was welcomed by those industries that used process steam but found the cost of boiler attendants was a significant component of their total costs.

Babcock developed fluid bed combustion systems which could be used with a wide range of fuels, including brown coal and briquettes.

Other innovative developments were the inclined grate and water cooled grates for wood fired boilers, steam pulsating cleaning, and a pneumatic conveying system for briquettes jointly developed by Maxitherm and the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Babcock Australia Ltd; State Electricity Commission of Victoria (S.E.C.); Trevor Boilers

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