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Raven Receives Their First Point of Sale Steam Boiler Rebate

In February 2019, FortisBC announced the launch of a new prescriptive rebate offer with the aim of encouraging the adoption of high-efficiency steam boiler technologies in BC’s industrial and commercial sectors. It joins a host of other rebate programs that contribute to FortisBC’s overall objective of improving natural gas efficiency across the province.

We’re thrilled to announce that Raven Supply as FortisBC’s Conservation & Energy Management Commercial Partner delivered its first instant point of sale rebate to a customer using the new steam boiler rebate offer. FortisBC offers several prescriptive rebates that can be used towards the purchase of a new steam boiler or upgrades to existing systems meeting certain eligibility criteria. 

Jermin Hsieh, FortisBC presents Nic Sun, Raven Supply with the steam rebate cheque.

The Commercial Partnership agreement allows Raven to assess customer eligibility during the sales process and deduct the rebate value straight off of our customer’s invoice, so customers can benefit from the savings immediately with zero uncertainty and minimal paperwork. This makes it very easy and approachable for end-users to take advantage of the program.  

This customer chose to purchase a Fulton VMP-49.5 HP high-pressure steam boiler to replace their existing Fulton ICS-60 HP. This vertical tubeless boiler packs 49.5 horsepower into a heating surface area of less than 10 square meters, so the customer is not required to register the boiler plant or employ any Power Engineers under BC laws. This fact alone represents a huge cost-saving for most organizations, making the VMP-49.5 a tremendously popular boiler for process plants in British Columbia.

 Because the Fulton VMP comes standard with parallel positioning controls, the customer’s invoice was instantly reduced by $9,000. In addition to the rebate savings, these features will save the customer thousands more in fuel costs due to higher operating efficiencies and reduced cycling losses. Jermin Hsieh, Conservation & Energy Management Program Manager at FortisBC provided feedback that Raven Supply provided excellent customer service by educating the customer on energy-efficient options and tying in point of sale rebates.

Looking to replace, upgrade, or make additions to your steam plant? Our engineers will work with you to determine the best solutions according to your needs while ensuring that you reap the maximum benefits of the FortisBC rebates. Contact us to get started!

Steam Boiler Rebate Program with FortisBC

Do you use natural gas to power your steam boiler systems as your only fuel during normal operations? Then we’re happy to be the bearer of some great news!

FortisBC is rolling out several prescriptive rebates that are applicable to the purchase of new steam boilers or upgrades to existing steam boilers meeting certain criteria. A policy in place since February 2019,  The new steam boiler rebate structure makes it considerably easier for customers to take advantage of modern steam boiler technologies that can yield reduced operating costs, reduced maintenance requirements, lower carbon emissions, and improved reliability.

Raven Supply is proud to be a FortisBC Commercial Partner. We’re happy to assist you in determining which steam boiler rebates you might be able to obtain in your next steam boiler upgrade, replacement, addition, or new construction project. Call us today for a free consultation! 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for these steam boiler rebates, you must be a FortisBC customer using natural gas as your only fuel during normal operation. This includes dual-fuel burners used for emergency backup. For a complete list of criteria, visit the FortisBC website or call Raven for more information. 

Fulton Steam Boiler
Fulton Steam Boiler Eligible for Rebates

Eligible Technologies

FortisBC offers rebates for steam boilers for four key technologies that can either be factory fitted on a new steam boiler or retrofitted onto an existing steam boiler as an upgrade: 

  • Parallel positioning burner controls
  • Oxygen (O2) trim
  • TDS (conductivity based) automatic blowdown controls
  • Economizers (condensing or non-condensing).

Parallel Positioning

Steam Boiler Rebate Value – $9,000 – $16,000

Parallel positioning (often referred to as “linkage-less” control) is a precise, repeatable method of controlling the flow of fuel and air through a modulating burner. The fuel control valve and air damper are each moved by their own dedicated stepper motor actuators, each of which is electronically controlled by an air-fuel ratio controller. 

On the other hand, a “linkage” burner uses a single servo motor to modulate both the fuel valve and air damper which are mechanically connected together by a series of adjustable jackshafts and linkage arms. The difference is similar to how modern electronic fuel injection systems compare to carburetors in automotive engines.

When air and fuel flow are parallel position systems, so when these elements are accurately controlled, a well-designed burner can be precisely tuned to minimize leftover oxygen in the exhaust throughout the full turndown range. This leftover oxygen in the exhaust is referred to as  “excess air” and is inversely proportional to combustion efficiency. That means that lower excess air means lower fuel consumption. 

There are many factors that can affect the net fuel savings realized by switching to parallel positioning controls. A typical estimate would be 5%, although savings of 15% or more are quite possible in certain circumstances. Linkage-less platforms like the Weishaupt W-FM and Siemens LMV are generally known to be safer, more reliable, and require less maintenance over time than conventional burner controls. 

Between Parallel Position and Oxygen Trim
Weishaupt Burner Eligible for Steam Rebates

Oxygen Trim

Steam Boiler Rebate Value -$16,000 – $18,000

Oxygen trim is an additional control feature that works in conjunction with parallel positioning. A sensor installed in the flue stack provides the burner controller with continuous closed-loop feedback of the O2 concentration in the flue gas, allowing it to automatically make fine adjustments to the air/fuel actuators as needed for optimal combustion. This makes the burner adaptive to changes in air temperature, atmospheric pressure, or other factors that may affect combustion. Net annual fuel savings of 1-2% are typical when this technology is correctly applied.

Total Dissolved Solids Blowdown Control

Steam Boiler Rebate Value – $4,000

In addition to bottom blowdowns, a commercial or industrial steam boiler needs regular surface blowdowns to be performed in order to flush out excess treatment chemicals, debris, and other impurities that may naturally collect at the water surface during operation. In practice, we associate the concentration of impurities with electrical conductivity, which is relatively easy to measure with current technology. A total dissolved solids (TDS) automatic blowdown system monitors the water conductivity and automatically performs blowdowns only when required. This ensures minimal water is wasted while maintaining good water chemistry, which contributes to both energy efficiency and equipment longevity.  

Economizer
Cain Economizer Eligible for Steam Rebates

Economizers

Steam Boiler Rebate Value- $10,000 – 25,000

A stack economizer is a heat exchanger that extracts additional energy from a boiler’s flue gas and transfers it another medium which could be boiler feedwater, domestic water, or a hydronic heating loop. Economizers are typically found on larger boilers, usually mounted on top of the flue collector outlet. They offer the most energy savings in systems that consume a reasonably high percentage of cold make-up water, or where there is another consistent and substantial demand for water heating, such as a large domestic or process hot water load. Although economizers may add some complexity and space requirements to the system, they can produce significant energy savings when used in the right application. 

 

Boiler Controls- An Overview

Burner/Burner Control Retrofit (existing steam boiler upgrade)

 

Steam Boiler Rebate Value- Up to $49,000

Upgrading your existing steam boiler by upgrading the burner is a great way to increase fuel efficiency, improve reliability, improve overall boiler performance, and reduce maintenance/downtime expenses. Depending on the total project cost, FortisBC will offer up to $49,000 as an incentive for adding parallel positioning and oxygen trim to your existing boiler. In many cases, a burner retrofit can be completed within a few days, with minimal impact on the rest of your operations. Contact us to find out if your boiler is a good candidate for an upgrade!

Does the Fortis Steam rebate apply to your system? Click here for a Steam Boiler Rebate application and get your new steam boiler upgrades on their way today!

Nic Sun’s Big News

Our very own VP of Engineering Nic Sun recently went through a bit of a name change, or rather a name upgrade.

On August 21st, Nic became officially recognized as a Professional Engineer in the Province of BC. That distinction comes with a new designation abbreviated as P. Eng Nic can proudly add when writing out his full formal name.

Nic is still the same adrenaline-loving aspiring race car driver we know and love. But now, in addition to his Bachelors’s Degree in Integrated Engineer from the University of BC, Nic has another certification to prove that doing consistently good work can take you a long way.

“It was a long process,” Nic says. “But it feels great to have it under my belt now, and I think it will help bring new opportunities to me and my team moving forward.”

Nic’s process to become a P. Eng began even before his graduation from UBC. As an undergraduate, he made the decision to participate in the university’s co-op program, which as it happens, is how he first met the Raven Supply team.

After graduation, Nic registered as a Mechanical Engineer in Training (EIT) and began working as a designer at a Vancouver consulting firm. But soon, he was back at Raven Supply, taking on his first of several roles with our company as a Sales Engineer.

“Nowadays, it seems like an increasing number of projects are requiring us to have more significant involvement and responsibility in the design, installation, and commissioning processes,” Nic comments. “It’s almost like the lines between the consultant, contractor, and equipment supplier are beginning to blur.”

During the past 4 years, Nic has proven his engineering skills and insights by taking responsibility for larger and more complex projects and helping Raven grow across sectors. He eventually assumed the role of VP of Engineering, all while he was completing the steps to obtain his Professional Engineer license.

“I wrote the exam. I completed the seminar. And I provided 34 written examples of my work to prove my competency, each of which had to be validated by another P. Eng,” explains Nic. “After that, everything was accessed by EGBC’s registered committee, and they granted me my license.”

“As Engineers, we’re experiencing more direct involvement with entities like Technical Safety BC and Fortis BC,” Nic continues. “Therefore, it is important that we are not only technically competent but also knowledgeable in the legal and ethical aspects of how we are involved in these projects. These are all things that are learned in the process of becoming a Professional Engineer, so I think there is significant value in attaining this designation as a specialized equipment supplier.”

To find out more about the Professional Engineer in the Province of BC program, swing by the Raven Supply office anytime to congratulate Nic in person.

From Iowa to BC, Industrial Steam is here!

Deaerators, boiler feed systems, blowdown separators and more.

Here at Raven Supply, we’re always excited to connect with new suppliers. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Industrial Steam.

industrial Steam Accumulator
Industrial Steam Accumulator

Industrial Steam is a longstanding engineering and manufacturing company known for their exceptional catalog of boiler heaters and ancillary equipment that includes state-of-the-art deaerators, wet steam accumulators, and feedwater, blowdown, and fuel oil systems.

Jet Spray Deaerator
Industrial Steam Jet Spray Deaerator

Established in 1952, Industrial Steam was born out of a spirit of invention by self-taught engineer Martin “Mike” Bekedam and by Jim Williams, who joined the company early on. Together, they perfected their boiler systems to serve a huge variety of customers that included wineries, meat processing facilities, and tomato processing plants. Together they built and perfected customized boilers, burners, deaerators and chemical feed systems.

It was in this way that from its earliest days, Industrial Steam distinguished itself as an early adopter of technology and an innovator in the industry. So it was no surprise to us that its product line includes some cutting-edge offerings. For example, the one-of-a-kind Industrial Steam Jet Spray deaerator offers new potential for boiler protection by using a 2-stage process to remove atomized water in order to reduce oxygen in boiler systems. And Industrial Steam’s sturdy skid-mounted oil pump sets and day tanks for ring main distribution systems offer built to use filtration systems that automatically filter and chemical treat the fuel to remove water, microbes and solids which are discharged into a containment tank.

Industrial Steam is based in Atlantic Iowa, and we’re sure happy to bring their product line up to our Surrey BC warehouse for our commercial and industrial customers in BC and the Yukon.