Without doubt, boilers cannot be considered as new technology, but their usage continues to grow and develop and adapt as our society and needs do too. This parallel working is not by accident, the boiler has been adapted dramatically since the first kettle boiler versions in 1679. The steam industry really began in earnest in 1867 with the development of the convection boiler. Since these times, the boiler has been adapted and developed to provide us with energy and it is still required as much today as it was in yesteryear.
Various reports have estimated that the industrial boiler market will with be worth approx. $9.3 in 2025. This is at a CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2025*. Developing industries, an ability to burn differing materials and a legislative need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels has enabled the growth of this simple product. When we factor in the growth in our global population and our need for greater and greater power it doesn’t come as a surprise that we continue to work with such an adaptable product.
Different regions and differing industries – all still need boilers
Newer industries have developed in a bid to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels and to make our world greener. The Petrochemical industry is looking towards the development of hydrogen as a greener fuel, to power those areas where electrification is not suitable. In addition, it can be stored and used as part of a green mix of power, ie wind, tidal etc to fill in any gaps of power availability. Boilers are an intrinsic factor in the production of such fuel. The USA has a focus on petrochemical industry and therefore the need for boilers is growing.
Likewise in Asia, the industrialisation of food production, especially pre-prepared food, has boomed in recent times so their reliance on boilers has also increased. Whilst there are a large range of different products, the food industry is at its heart a very particular sector, combining all aspects of food science, nutrition, and related areas. No matter the product, health and sanitary constraints and the environment in which the industry operates are critical considerations. Companies in the food industry often operate continuously, 24 hours a day. They require high performance equipment with very high operational availability. It is very important to optimise energy efficiency and to provide a service offering that can avoid failures to provide operational availability of up to 100%.
The food and beverage industry is currently valued at around $8.7 trillion and part of that is our desire for convenience foods. With increasing disposable income and a busier life-style many people are opting for this alternative. Pre-prepared foods are a solution sold to us by the sophisticated retail outlets, this is one of the drivers of increased boiler usage with the Asia region.
Climate change and legislation
Climate change is also a big driver for an increasing boiler market. New industries such as waste to energy have been developed. We can now burn a variety of materials, such as our waste, biomass, biogas etc, all of which can be turned into energy. Legislation and directives such as becoming carbon neutral by 2030 are also drivers for working with this reliable product and continuing to develop its uses.
Safety and reliability
Without doubt the boiler has been assisting us for decades and continues to do so for the foreseeable future. Changes in the design combined with the correct levels of instrumentation and regular maintenance make the humble boiler a safe and reliable workhorse that assists us in numerous ways for today and tomorrow.
About Delta Mobrey
For more than 100 years, Delta Mobrey Limited has been a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of quality process instrumentation for the measurement and control of fluids and gases in all industrial plant and equipment.
Trusted quality – proven value: quality and reliability have always formed the cornerstone of our success, recognised by industry with international approvals covering every aspect of our manufacturing and product portfolio, together with certifications spanning all areas of hazardous and regulated environments.
Global team – local support: as a global organisation, Delta Mobrey is totally committed to delivering the best possible customer service and technical support, ensuring a lifetime value of ownership, together with a flexible and responsive approach to meet our customers’ individual demands