Fueling Sustainability in Central and South American Industry

European Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been providing combustion solutions to industrial manufacturing facilities in South and Central America for a number of years. These solutions facilitate the manufacture of items including chemicals, food, and textiles. In this blog, we’ll explore how this relationship benefits South and Central America.

Economic growth

The industrial sector is a significant contributor to the economic growth of any nation. However, it is also responsible for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. As the world focuses on reducing its carbon footprint, industries must find ways to reduce their environmental impact while maintaining their productivity. This is where European OEMs come in. They are at the forefront of developing sustainable combustion solutions that help industries reduce their environmental footprint.

Essential component to manufacturing

The combustion process is essential for industrial manufacturing applications as it generates the heat and power needed. However, if not properly managed, the process can lead to harmful emissions. European OEMs have developed advanced combustion technologies, such as low NOx burners and flue gas recirculation systems, that reduce emissions while increasing efficiency.

Reducing emissions through improved combustion
By partnering with European OEMs, industries in these regions can adopt advanced technologies that help them meet these regulatory requirements to reduce carbon emissions. The adoption of these combustion solutions is essential for the industrial sector in South and Central America. It allows industries to maintain their productivity while reducing their environmental impact.

For example, in the food industry, combustion solutions can be used to dry fruits and vegetables, pasteurize milk, and sterilize food products. In the textile industry, these solutions can be used to dry fabrics, dye textiles, and remove wrinkles. These processes are critical for the production of food and textiles, and by reducing their environmental impact, industries can continue to operate while meeting environmental regulations.

Moreover, the adoption of sustainable combustion solutions can also lead to significant cost savings. By increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption, industries can save money on fuel and energy costs. Additionally, reducing emissions can also help companies avoid costly fines for non-compliance with environmental regulations.

ExxonMobil Chemical

ExxonMobil Chemical was recognised in 2005 for its use of technology and innovation to improve environmental performance in its manufacturing processes. Specifically, the company was noted for its work in the area of flaring reduction, which refers to the practice of burning off excess hydrocarbons as a way of disposing of them.

Flaring can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as air and water pollution, so reducing the amount of flaring is an important environmental goal. ExxonMobil Chemical implemented a variety of measures to reduce flaring at its facilities, including improving process control and optimisation, upgrading equipment, and implementing advanced monitoring and control systems. These measures helped the company to significantly reduce flaring, resulting in lower emissions and improved environmental performance.

Overall, ExxonMobil Chemical’s focus on innovation and technology to improve environmental performance, as well as its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, were key factors in the company’s receipt of the “Excellence in Environmental Stewardship” award from the AFPM association.

How ETC can help

ETC can advise on and supply advanced sensors and control systems to monitor combustion parameters such as temperature, oxygen levels, and fuel flow rates in real-time. These systems can help to identify and diagnose problems quickly, leading to faster response times and improved control over combustion processes.

Another important technology is advanced combustion modelling software that can simulate the behaviour of combustion processes under different operating conditions. These models can help to identify optimal combustion parameters and optimise energy use, leading to improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Furthermore, the use of this software can help industries predict changes in emissions and take proactive steps to mitigate them.

Energy technology and control can also support manufacturers that wish to switch to cleaner fuels, such as natural gas, biofuels, or hydrogen. These fuels burn more cleanly and emit fewer pollutants compared to traditional fossil fuels, helping to improve environmental performance.

Finally, the use of automated control systems and digital platforms can help industries to monitor and control combustion processes remotely, leading to improved safety and reduced downtime. By reducing the need for manual interventions, these systems can also help to minimise human error and improve the accuracy of combustion control.

Partnerships and collaborations

In conclusion, European OEMs are providing combustion solutions to industrial and manufacturing facilities in South and Central America to reduce their environmental footprint, comply with regulatory requirements, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

The adoption of these solutions is critical for maintaining industrial production in these regions while reducing their impact on the environment. The cost savings associated with these solutions also make them an attractive option for industries looking to improve their bottom line.

As the world continues to focus on reducing its carbon footprint, it’s likely that we’ll see more partnerships and collaborations between European OEMs and industries in South and Central America. To find out more speak to a member of our team today.