WASTE HEAT RECOVERY
Using 3D modeling and FEA, Rohde Brothers, Inc. designed and installed a system to recover heat from kiln exhaust to heat water for sink, showers and process applications, and to heat the air used by pottery ware drivers.
Rohde designed a custom thermal storage tank capable of holding 4,000 gallons of water at 400 PSIG. (Typical storage systems run to 125 PSIG.)
Pump skid included pre-piped pumps, pre-wired pumps and a pre-wired control system with all censors.
Rohde control engineers designed a web-based Honeywell control system to provide GUI for the Allen-Bradley system that allows remote monitoring and trending diagnostics for greater efficiencies in production scheduling, and energy savings.
The project saved The Kohler Company $178,000 in natural gas costs within the first year.
Total project payback was only 2.5 years.
AGC Build Wisconsin Award, 2012