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It may well be that society is driven by technology. Well every head needs a heart and the heart of modern industry is steam.
From hospitals to food treatment to electricity generation, steam affects change in most people’s lives for the better.
Steam is right among solutions for the new ‘green’ era. This includes powering turbines which are run from waste biomass like bagasse generated from the sugar cane crushing process.
It’s playing a big role in the new economy both in the city and regional areas said manager of Brisbane-based East Coast Steam, Rob Fowler.
“For example, there’s a big market for the better cuts of meat from beef finished off on grain in feedlots,” Mr Fowler said.
“There’s a trend to create biogas from the waste product generated as a by-product by putting up what they call biospheres that collect that waste gas or the methane and create steam.
“They then use the steam to crush and soften, or ‘flake’ the grain, as they call it, making the process more self-generating.”
Demand for quality steam boilers is coming from other emerging industry like prawn farming, said Mr Fowler.
“Steam’s still one of the quickest ways to transfer heat into a product, or to a surface. Obviously with steam, the higher you go in temperature, the higher you have to go in pressure.
“But basically if you can work steam into your process below 250 degrees C, you’re pretty well covered to be a quick form of cooking or curing or whatever your process might be.
“When you come to a pressure vessel, and especially a fire pressure vessel, you’re still subject to huge amounts of expansion and contraction, as well as the water side of the vessel.
“If the quality in your steel is not there, then the vessel’s lifespan is somewhat reduced.”
Craft brewing was another growth industry dependent on steam as an essential part of the process said Mr Fowler.
“Many small towns now have either a small distiller or a small craft brewer and I would say that if they do have one in their town that they should be supported.
“If they don’t have one, people should think about opening one because we haven’t seen too many going bad in the last 10 years.”
East Coast Steam can be contacted on (07) 3271 3688. For more information visit https://www.eastcoaststeam.com.au