Sipsmith specifies steam for traditional still system
Established in Hammersmith in 2009, Sipsmith Distillery is a small, independent business that, using the first copper still to launch in London for almost 200 years, crafts truly artisanal gins and vodkas of uncompromising quality.
The distillery gives female names to each of its stills and the first, Prudence (designed and built by Carl Distilleries near Stuttgart, Germany), originally used electricity to power elements in the steam jacket surrounding it. But, as Sipsmith’s export market grew and production increased, the founders realised additional stills were required to meet demand. The company’s second still, named Patience, is another 300 litre still that also used electric elements to heat the steam jacket. But it wasn’t until a third and larger still – the 1,500 litre Constance – was required that the company decided to switch from an electrically-heated process to one using a steam boiler.
The Fulton name has been synonymous with heat transfer solutions since the company first introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in 1949 and Fulton was established in Bristol in 1966. Today, Fulton is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers and produces an unrivalled range of multi-fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers but, as Ian Halliwell (the company’s recently appointed national thermal fluid specialist) explains, Fulton isn’t a name many have considered when specifying thermal oil systems. Until now!
Often referred to as a steam boiler manufacturer, Fulton also specialises in heat transfer solutions and as such considers all options – steam, hot water and thermal fluid – when responding to a customer’s requirements. In many cases, and to meet current trends, systems are manufactured as ready-to-ship, skid-mounted or packaged plant rooms; and are sold with training courses, service contracts and extended warranties to eliminate any areas of concern throughout the lifespan of the system.
Refood’s state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion plant in Widnes is a first-class recycling technology alternative. Diverting food waste from landfill, Refood is a trusted choice when converting commercial business food waste into green energy. In 2013, heat transfer specialist Fulton successfully tendered for the supply of a packaged hot water boiler system consisting of 12 FHE-250 modular hot water boilers for the Widnes site.
Commenting on the decision making process, Shane Murray, group project manager for Saria (Refood’s parent company) says: “Fulton presented a solution to provide multiple small hot water boilers which, additionally, gave us spare capacity during scheduled maintenance or if one of the boilers malfunctioned. The Fulton design was also considerably better than anything we saw from their competitors.”
Commercial food waste delivered to the Refood site is processed through an anaerobic digester, a natural method that – working in a similar way to a compost heap but on an industrial scale and in the absence of oxygen – biologically breaks down food material to produce biogas. Once the biogas is upgraded to the standard required, it is then injected back into the national grid.
Set in 700 acres of glorious, unspoilt Hertfordshire countryside, Tewin Bury Farm Hotel features a series of barns and 17th Century outbuildings converted to a bar, restaurant and bedrooms and providing a venue for residents, non-residents, weddings and corporate hospitality events.
In 2012, and with a laundry bill that was approaching £80,000 a year, owner/operator Vaughan Williams decided it was time to take control and began to investigate operating his own on-site laundry. He quickly found himself being directed to heat transfer specialist Fulton and discussing his requirements for steam.
Commenting on the decision-making process, Vaughan Williams says: “We don’t have a suitable electricity supply at the site to run an all-electric laundry system, so opted for an oil-fired solution. I did a lot of research into similar hotel laundries, visited numerous sites and discussed the options with several laundry-based installers – and everything pointed towards specifying steam, provided by a Fulton boiler.”
Heat transfer specialist Fulton celebrated its move to a new £3.5 million, 43,000 sq. ft. Bristol-basedheadquarters recently and was joined by over 60 customers, suppliers and dignitaries, including US-based owners Ronald and Bram Palm and Honorary President of the Combustion Engineers Association (CEA) – and lover of all things steam – Pete Waterman.
In his speech, Pete Waterman welcomed Fulton’s decision to bring the manufacturing of its larger boiler pressure vessels for UK and Export markets from Fulton’s facility in China to Bristol, at a time when many manufacturers are doing the opposite. Despite the many local, national and international obstacles Fulton faced, he also praised the company for maintaining its presence in Bristol and protecting the jobs of local people.
Bristol-based heat transfer specialist Fulton has supplied Prysmian Group’s Bishopstoke facility a skid-mounted electric boiler and ancillaries, steam from which is being used to cure the insulation applied to the company’s electric cables.
Commenting on the process, Prysmian’s Nicolas Chevaux explains that curing is used to strengthen and increase the heat resistance of the insulation. “Without the process, the insulation would have a lower temperat ure resistance and hence the cable would have a lower current rating.”