Chromalox Publishes White Paper on Cost Savings Associated with Medium Voltage Electric Heating Systems

Information includes a real-world case study comparing costs of low- versus medium-voltage cost of ownership for a 2.4 MW electric hot oil process heating system.

Direct Connect HeatersPITTSBURGH – July 7, 2014– Chromalox, a leading manufacturer of electric heat and control products, today announced the availability of a seven-page white paper on the benefits of DirectConnect medium voltage electric heating systems. The white paper explains how this technology can greatly reduce the cost of ownership for thermal applications.

The white paper notes that certain applications in such heavy industries as power  generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical now demand multi-mega watt electric heating systems. At low voltages, these systems lead to challenges involving power distribution, process design and costs.
The publication also covers the benefits and cost savings associated with upgrading to heating systems operating at 4160 volts. Individual sections discuss estimated savings associated with installation, operation, maintenance and product life cycles. Installation savings, for example, derive from eliminating step-down transformers, wiring sizes and numbers, and associated labor. Reduced amperage results in diminished energy losses and higher efficiencies, which generates operational savings. In addition, the Chromalox DirectConnect systems incorporate replaceable medium voltage elements, decreasing maintenance costs while improving heater life cycles. 

The white paper concludes with a real-world case study conducted for a U.S. refinery in need of a 2.4 MW electric hot oil process heating system. The case study details the components and costs for 480-volt 24-circuit system compared to a 4160-volt 2-circuit system. It separately tabulates the costs for installation, operation, maintenance and life cycles for each system. Summing up the comparison, the white paper totals ownership savings of more than $1 million realized through the choice of a Chromalox DirectConnect 4160-volt system versus a low voltage system.

For a copy of the white paper, “Upgrading to Medium Voltage Technology for Multi Megawatt Electric Heating Systems,” presented by Christopher Molnar and Mark Wheeler of Chromalox, download here.

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About Chromalox

Around the world, Chromalox is known for advanced thermal technologies engineered for the world’s toughest industrial heating applications. We partner with our customers to find elegant solutions to the most difficult and unique heating challenges. Our Heat Trace segment delivers temperature management solutions for piping systems, valves and tanks. Our Industrial Heaters and Systems segment delivers process heating solutions for revenue-generating industrial processes, and our Component Technologies segment delivers component heating solutions for industrial equipment manufacturers. Drawing upon a century of experience, a global footprint, and the most comprehensive set of technologies in our industry, no thermal control project is too large or complex. Founded in 1917, Chromalox is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.