The last decade has been an exciting period with an array of innovative boiler industry trends happening simultaneously. With the increasing demand for low NOx performance systems, higher efficiency units, and reduced carbon footprints; users and facilities have access to the most cutting-edge and advanced systems in history. However, would you be surprised if we told you that this was only the beginning?
According to a study published by Global Market Insights, the U.S. commercial boiler market is on pace to topple the $1 billion benchmark by 2024, while the residential market will exceed the yearly 10 million unit installation mark. Whether you're in the market for a new boiler or looking for a retrofit, right now is an exciting time! Let's take a closer look at the top boiler industry trends to watch in 2020 and beyond.
Low NOx Boiler Industry Trends
Newly emerging low NOx regulations are designed to thwart or reduce the harmful effects of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) gases on the environment. This highly toxic family of reactive gases is produced when fuel is combusted at high temperatures, such as with water heaters, boilers, furnaces and even from the engines of vehicles.
Because of the apparent harmful effects of NOx on the environment, a growing number of boiler manufacturers are looking to get ahead of the inevitable regulations. In addition to lowering NOx and carbon monoxide emissions, the benefits of Low NOx burners also include:
Learn more about the benefits of Low NOx burners and boilers as well as how they work. ATI of New York also offers a range of Ultra Low NOx burners that can be retrofitted for virtually any type of boiler.
Internet of Things Meets Boiler Industry
To date, the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted virtually every industry on the planet — and the boiler industry is next. Most units now offer some form of Wifi capability with the ability to control the unit from virtually anywhere through an internet connection. Moving forward, you can continue to expect to see more progress in this area. Customers will increasingly gain the ability to control their boiler and monitor their boiler from apps on their devices.
Combined Heat & Power Systems
If we're going to talk about the top boiler industry trends, we would be amiss if we didn't talk Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems. CHP systems are a remarkably efficient and clean way to create electric power and thermal energy from a single source. CHP systems work by recapturing all of the residual heat created by the generator that creates electricity.
The recaptured heat is then transformed into useful heat. And leading the way in the CHP space is the innovative manufacturer — 2G Energy. ATI of New York is proud to be the preferred manufacturer's representative for 2G Energy's world-class combined heat and power systems. Learn more about 2G Energy and how a CHP system could transform your facility and operations.
Plug-and-Play Boiler Industry Trends
Long gone are the days of massive cast iron mammoth size boilers! Today's slimmer, more flexible, smaller units can be installed and transported with minimal effort. The market is seeing an increase in the production of modulating/condensing boilers. Popular examples of modulating/condensing boilers include:
- Weil-McLain SlimFit Commercial Condensing Boiler
- Weil-McLain SVF Stainless Vertical Firetube Boiler
- Fulton Vantage Condensing Hydronic Boiler
- Fulton Endura Plus Condensing Hydronic Boiler
The sheer compact size of today's condensing boilers make them easier to install, but many manufacturers are going the extra distance to make installation as simple as plug and play. Features like integrated low-loss headers work to streamline installation by significantly reducing the time required for system piping.
Boiler Industry Trends Include Water Quality
You can't talk about boiler efficiency without discussing water quality, which can also have a critical impact on the lifespan of the hydronic system. As a result, manufacturers are beginning to focus more on packaged solutions that include blowdown systems as well as water treatment systems.
Smaller boilers have narrower waterways and are more likely to become clogged or blocked if installed with an old pipework system. The primary problem is the combination of scale and magnetite causing blockages to the heat exchangers and circulators while coating the inner surface of the iron piping.
This is actually one of the most common causes of equipment failure. Installers are being forced to deal with this known issue at the time of installation and take the steps to protect the health of the system by preventing buildup over time.
Contact Applied Technologies of New York
As the authorized manufacturer's representative for the leading heating equipment producers in the world, ATI of New York remains on the forefront of industry changes. We make it our business to provide our customers with the highest level of service along with efficient, reliable and innovative product offerings.
Contact ATI of New York today to learn more about how we can help your facility.