Air pollution mitigating measures for steam boiler operation at palm oil mills

Do we just take a pain-killer? Why not treat the root cause of the pain? Black smoke emissions into the atmosphere from boiler flue-gas stacks is a common sight in rural Malaysia, where the majority of palm oil mills are located. More so than the visible black smoke emissions are the invisible gaseous and particulate… Continue reading Air pollution mitigating measures for steam boiler operation at palm oil mills

Piercing the Veil of Zero Waste: What does it (really) mean for the Palm Oil Industry?

Experts may differ on the definition of ‘Zero Waste’ but one thing they all agree upon is that it means different things to different industries. When we were children growing up, elders used to say, “Waste not, want not.” Meaning the wise use of one’s resources will keep one from poverty. In recent years however… Continue reading Piercing the Veil of Zero Waste: What does it (really) mean for the Palm Oil Industry?

The Air-Void, a ‘drop-in-place’ retrofit solution for air-free sterilisation

Inefficient air removal – the culprit. Steam management and boiler operational issues at palm oil mills continue to remain problematic and have yet to be satisfactorily resolved. The root cause can be traced to the inefficient method of air removal at the steriliser station. Inefficient usage of process steam arising from using outdated and inefficient… Continue reading The Air-Void, a ‘drop-in-place’ retrofit solution for air-free sterilisation

New Technological Innovation to Drive Efficiency, Creativity and Profitability at Palm Oil Mills

The Dream Mill Can life for palm oil mill Managers and Engineers be (ever) made ‘easy’? Actually, yes. With a solution that is both easy and simple. Just picture this… managers and engineers focusing on mill processes and production matters rather than tending to persistent mill utility issues, thereby enriching their daily working life and… Continue reading New Technological Innovation to Drive Efficiency, Creativity and Profitability at Palm Oil Mills

Re-engineering palm oil mills into centres of energy efficiency

Palm oil mills can unleash renewable energy at enormously high energy efficiency levels arising from the unique characteristics of their operating parameters. Palm oil mills are in an enviable position to harness increased quantities of renewable energy at very high efficiencies, the potential of which remains largely unrealised. At the moment, palm oil mills tend… Continue reading Re-engineering palm oil mills into centres of energy efficiency

Selection of Sterilizer Technology for Energy Efficient Operation of Palm Oil Mills

Sterilizer Technology Affects the Overall Energy Efficiency of Palm Oil Mills The type of sterilizer technology utilised in the palm oil mill greatly affects steam and power demand, and performance of the sterilization process. With the growing demand for energy efficiency at palm oil mills, the selection of sterilizer is based mainly on its relevance to steam… Continue reading Selection of Sterilizer Technology for Energy Efficient Operation of Palm Oil Mills

Optimising the Utilisation of Renewable Energy Resources in the Oil Palm Industry

Back in the 70’s there was a wave by countries to promote energy savings and energy efficiency driven by economic reasons following a hefty rise in oil prices. Today again there is another wave, and even more vigorous, but this time exerted by environmental considerations. The call is for sustainability, and more specifically to reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emission urgently to protect the world against climate change.