Wide Ranging System Fights Coal Fire Risk at all Points of the Process

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The Land Coal Fire Detection system is one which provides solutions for the important problem of damaging plant fires and explosions simultaneously at many stages of the coal handling, grinding and storage process. It targets those areas susceptible to hotspots and deflagration and so provides plant operators with a comprehensive means of detecting and stopping these dangers from incurring the huge financial losses of repairs, replacements, downtime as well as danger to personnel.

With the issue of coal fire safety increasingly at the forefront of the industry’s mind, it is welcome news the fire detection is being treated seriously by both the industry and now by solutions from fire detection equipment manufacturers.

Why are coal fires on the increase?

Most simply, the use of coal as a fuel for power generation is increasing. Coal is the most likely fuel of new power stations as they are cheaper and faster to build than plants which burn other fuels. In fact the cost of building a coal fired plant has halved in the last fifteen years. What is more, coal itself is the lowest cost fuel of its kind and large supplies are available whilst the cost of oil and the issue of its availability in years to come are contributing to coal’s attractive prospects. Particularly in the UK, the USA and China, there is a growing need for fire detection technology due to new investment in coal fired generators and the increased use of low-sulphur coals such as Powder River Basin. The more economically and environmentally friendly PRB coal is accompanied by a greater risk of fire due to its highly volatile nature and so demands a fast, accurate system of fire detection.

Where are fires likely to start?

Fire detection solutions exist for the many stages of the coal handling, grinding and storage process in a large coal-fired power plant. These solutions target those areas susceptible to hotspots and deflagration, and so provide plant operators with a comprehensive means of detecting and stopping these dangers from incurring the huge financial losses of repairs, replacements, downtime as well as danger to personnel.    

What fire detection systems are available?

Detection system leaves no room for error, providing constant and exhaustive surveillance to combat the risk of fire which, despite safety guidelines on the handling and storage of coal, is still a prevalent problem. Factors such as coal type, age, composition, storage conditions or processing method can increase the risk of combustion and a recent report claimed there was at least one coal pulveriser explosion everyday. Innovative fire detection systems combine infrared and combustion technology to provide a range with a diverse approach to tackling fire prevention including both gas detection and temperature sensing.

Importantly, any coal fire detection system has to be specifically designed to withstand the harsh, corrosive conditions of coal processing.

Coal-fired power plants are susceptible to fire at many points during the transportation, storage and processing of coal. Fire detection, using technology suited to each of these applications, has been available for some time. Only now is their importance being fully appreciated.

The products in the coal fire detection range comprise of a Mill Fire Detector, Railcar Fire Detector, Conveyor Fire Detector, IR Coal Fire monitor, Coal Pile Fire Detector and portable thermal imager, providing a complete fire detection service.    

This detection system leaves no room for error, providing constant and exhaustive surveillance to combat the risk of fire which, despite safety guidelines on the handling and storage of coal, is still a prevalent problem. Factors such as coal type, age, composition, storage conditions or processing method can increase the risk of combustion and a recent report claimed there was at least one pulveriser explosion everyday. The innovative fire protection system combines infrared and combustion technology to provide a range with a diverse approach to tackling fire prevention including both gas detection and temperature sensing.

The coal fire detection system is specifically designed to withstand the harsh, corrosive conditions of coal processing. However, it is versatile and can be just as effective in a wide range of other applications, such as the storage of organic matter, pulp and paper mills, refineries and many more industrial facilities where there is a risk of fire. Land are offering a solution to a costly and devastating problem, with early detection before fire causes any damage, hidden risks are exposed early.

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