Waste products are collected from various processes around the chemical facility and are sent to a flare stack for destruction. EPA code 60.18 states for optimum combustion efficiency of the stack the waste stream must run at a minimum heating value of between 300-450 BTU/ft3.
Continuous monitoring of the waste stream is necessary to:
- Identify the minimum heating value
- Ensure proper combustion efficiency of the stack
In addition, by measuring the heating value of the waste stream it can be determined whether the waste stream can be used as a standalone fuel source or whether it needs to be blended with a constant fuel source such as natural gas.