The ceramics industry is currently challenged by a lack of energy security, due mostly to unreliable electricity supply due to load-shedding. Ceramic manufacturers require high temperature and clean burning fuel for their kilns. The industry is also hampered by high rates of equipment failure due to poor specification, installation or operation. Sub-par fuel quality also results in regular failures in thermo-industrial equipment. Add to that planned, and unplanned maintenance, resulting in halts in production, and ultimately reductions in profits. In addition, carbon tax will increase costs of fuel use, especially those using fuels with a high emissions factor, such as HFO, or Diesel.
NOVO offers comprehensive, turnkey solutions for procurement, fabrication, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance of burner systems, which results in maximised uptime and increased productivity, whilst incurring lower costs. Natural gas has a high burning temperature and is a clean burning fuel for kiln applications. It also has the lowest emissions factor for any hydrocarbon fuel, and therefore the lowest impact on carbon tax. NOVO offers a range of audits, from walkthrough to in-depth energy audits to assist customers to increase efficiency, as well as optimise processes and stimulate savings. Integrated Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems can bring about high efficiency, lower overall energy costs, and higher production uptime.