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Clean steam types

Clean steam types

Steam is used in many different applications and processes. In most of these cases what is called ‘plant’ is used, which is fit for purpose and very effective. In some cases however steam has to be of a higher purity level. This is generally labelled as ‘clean’ steam....

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Geothermal energy and steam

Geothermal energy and steam

Power from inside the planet is an affordable and sustainable solution to energy needs for many parts of the planet, and steam is a vital part of its generation. Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source in many ways, from large and complex power stations to...

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steam catapult

steam catapult

Thanks to steam and its unique properties, state of the art supersonic jet aircraft, can take off armed and fuelled from the short deck of an aircraft carrier. Something, which would otherwise take several thousand feet of runway. Steam catapults are also used to...

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Clinical waste and steam

Clinical waste and steam

During the course of our lives we will almost certainly use medical and healthcare facilities; examples could include hospitals and dentists. To provide the healthcare services these facilities will generate clinical waste which must be disposed of in a safe...

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Toilet paper and steam

Toilet paper and steam

Following on from our last article on paper, we decided to cover the topic of toilet paper, otherwise known as tissue paper, and how steam is vital to its manufacture. Tissue paper manufacturing machines are very similar to paper machines. However they are smaller in...

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Solar enhanced oil recovery and steam

Solar enhanced oil recovery and steam

Strange as it might sound, the combination of steam and the sun is being used to help extract oil. Around two-thirds of the oil in an average field remains underground because it is too costly to extract. If the oil is especially thick, the amount left behind can be...

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National portrait gallery and steam humidification

National portrait gallery and steam humidification

The National Portrait Gallery in London holds over 1000 portrait pictures. Situated in central London, just off Trafalgar Square it is not a place that you would think would have a steam system. However steam is used for humidification and for heating onsite. Steam is...

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solar cooking in India

solar cooking in India

While India is well-known for delicious food, a less well known fact is that solar cooking using steam is growing in India. Solar cooking in India has received steady support from the Indian government, non-profit organizations and several international organizations...

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bread production and steam

bread production and steam

Did you know that steam is used extensively in commercial bakeries to produce bread? Steam is critical to the proving stage of bread production, as well as ensuring that there is a nice glossy crusty crust on your bread. Steammain looks at the ingredients, the...

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Steam injection and the Dutch Schoonebeek oil field

Steam injection and the Dutch Schoonebeek oil field

The oil price is a regular news item, so we thought we would write an article on steam and an enhanced oil recovery plant. Few people think of the Netherlands as oil country, however Schoonebeek was the largest onshore oil field in western Europe when it was...

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steam meter theory

steam meter theory

Steam is a valuable medium and it is wise to measure its usage, data which can then be used to target plant improvement areas, or for monitoring efficiency. A statement by Lord Kelvin illustrates this perfectly: When you can measure what you are speaking about, you...

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future of concentrated solar power plants

future of concentrated solar power plants

Following on from our last article on concentrating solar thermal power plants, this article will look at the impact that these plants could have in the future. To generate efficient electricity on a large scale the solar radiation from the sun needs to be...

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ESOS energy savings opportunity scheme

ESOS energy savings opportunity scheme

ESOS, launched on 26th June 2014 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is in response to the upcoming implementation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. So what is ESOS? It stands for energy saving opportunity scheme. It requires all...

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sand oil extraction and steam

sand oil extraction and steam

Oil sand is a type of sand permeated with natural bitumen, a type of petroleum which has the consistency of butter. The oil can be separated from the sand and then heated so that it can flow in pipelines or be tankered to a refinery. In the past decade high oil prices...

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Jargon buster for steam

Jargon buster for steam

The jargon buster gives simple explanations to words and terms used in steam engineering. From Absolute humidity to Zoning, and lots in between! Have you thought of something that we have missed? Want us to add it to the jargon buster? Well please add your entry below...

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What a steam system is

What a steam system is

A steam and condensate system can be looked upon as a loop or cycle. There are several stages and pieces of equipment that make up this loop. Below is the overview of a typical loop or cycle. Water supply and treatment; this is essential in allowing the steam to be...

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Turbinia and the steam turbine

Turbinia and the steam turbine

Known as the ‘North Sea Greyhound’, the Turbinia was a revolutionary ship designed and built by Charles Parsons in conjunction with Brown and Hood, a firm of experienced sheet metal workers based in Wallsend on Tyne in the north east of England. She was launched on...

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New York city and steam

New York city and steam

The “Big Apple,” New York City, where does one start when describing this place! Home of so many landmarks , Statute of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, to name but a few!, the United Nations, Wall Street, we could go on. An unlikely place you might think to have...

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Steam car in pictures

Steam car in pictures

Following on from our previous article on the world record holding steam car please find below a collection of pictures and videos of the car. At time of writing the car is on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. It is part of a display of...

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