The HELEx® is an alternate heating system for pressure vessels and storage tanks. This forced air burner system offers up to 85% efficiency, which is a 20%-40% gain over conventional natural draft burner systems!
Conventional firetubes are single pass, u-shaped designs sized to minimize pressure drop through the firetube and stack. The air supply for combustion is provided by the natural draft created by hot exhaust gases rising in the stack. With our patented HELEx® system, air is supplied under positive pressure providing better heat transfer resulting in lower fuel gas usage by the burner.
The HELEx® system not only reduces fuel gas usage at the design condition, but it also offers significant improvements during turndown. The HELEx® system modulates with the heat load and maintains proper air/fuel ratios throughout the operating range while eliminating cold air infiltration in the system leading to higher overall efficiencies. And, the HELEx® Firetube Mating Flange has a no leak guarantee!
The HELEx can easily be retrofitted into an existing treating equipment. On a typical treater or FWKO, we can increase heat input by up to 100%, thereby increasing throughput by close to 100% as well. One of our existing tank treating retrofits helped to increase the total throughput through an existing facility by 600%.
The HELEx® payback period is typically less than 2 years.