Fulton announces the most radical change to boiler design in nearly 70 years


Fulton fleet investment reinforces aftercare team


Byworth Boilers win Queens Award


BOAS Handbook V6


Cochran - Case Studies


Boiler Operation & Safety Awareness Hotel Seminars


SAACKE Programme of Regional Conferences


The Use of Biomass - General Paper


Byworth Boilers win prestigious Award


CEA Yearbook 2016-2017


Scotlands' Micro Employer of the Year

Highland company Boiler and Valve Engineering was named as Scotland’s Micro Employer of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The specialist engineering firm recruited two apprentices in one year because of its belief in the value they bring to the business. Managing Director Andrew Macdonald believes apprentices bring energy and enthusiasm that can only benefit his business, which provides maintenance services for major distilleries and public sector organisations across Scotland.

 Micro_Employer_of_the_Year.jpgPictured: Andrew MacDonald with apprentices Kenneth Murdoch, Connor Brown and Skills Development Scotland chairman John F McClelland CBE.

Nairn-based Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd has been named Micro Employer of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

The specialist engineering firm has recruited two engineering apprentices to its five-strong workforce since forming 18 months ago and both are studying towards a qualification at Inverness College UHI as part of its modern apprenticeship programme.

Second year apprentice Kenneth Murdoch has been with the firm since the outset and attends Inverness College UHI one day per week, studying for an HNC in Engineering Systems.

Connor Brown is a first-year apprentice who joined the firm this year. He attends Inverness College UHI two days per week and is studying towards an SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd, which specialises in industrial steam and hot water boilers for major distilleries and public-sector organisations, was nominated by the university in recognition of its strong commitment to the apprenticeship scheme and the belief in the value they bring to a company.

The awards took place at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 16th November.

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Fulton announces the most radical change to boiler design in nearly 70 years

Tuesday, 23 February 2016:

In the year that sees the company celebrate 50 years of UK manufacturing, Fulton is also launching its latest heat transfer solution, claiming that the all-new, next-generation SRT Series is the most radical change to vertical steam boiler design for nearly 70 years.

Commenting for Fulton, sales and marketing manager Doug Howarth says: “This will be quite a year for Fulton. Not only are we celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in the UK, but we’re also launching a great new heat transfer solution that we believe to be the most radical change in steam boiler design since we pioneered the vertical tubeless boiler in 1949!”

By adopting a systems engineering approach to design and using its own ‘PURE’ technology, Fulton’s SRT Series challenges the heat transfer and mechanical design principles of traditional vertical steam boilers.

With over 30 worldwide patents pending, the new vertical boiler’s spiral-rib tubeless design is a world first that has enabled Fulton to create a compact boiler with the industry’s smallest footprint. In fact, compared to the equivalent 30hp model from the company’s renowned J Series, the SRT Series is an impressive 40% smaller.

Using a combination of in-house modelling with computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, the ‘PURE Optimised’ design of the SRT Series makes the new boiler durable and reliable in operation; and with up to 6:1 turndown and featuring a fully-modulating burner, the SRT also boasts industry-leading performance with an 84.5% Gross (93.5% Net) thermal efficiency and 99.5% steam quality from a fully-water-backed design with no refractory.

The SRT Series features patented, self-compensating stress relief architecture that virtually removes longitudinal stress and deflection absorption. And, to comply with anticipated EU regulations, the boiler’s combustion technology has also been completely reconfigured, with the mesh burner and furnace designed as a single component, resulting in ultra-low NOx emissions of less than 40mg/kWh.

Fulton has further reason to celebrate, as 2016 sees the company celebrate 50 years of UK manufacturing, with the Bristol-based facility now an important design and manufacturing base in Fulton’s global network, which includes production facilities in the USA and China.

As Doug Howarth explains, Fulton concentrated on steam boiler manufacturer for many years, but the company is now a major solutions-based provider specialising in fully-packaged, ready-to-ship steam, hot water and thermal fluid heat transfer systems.

“We put great emphasis on providing sales and application advice and a full commissioning and after sales service, to a growing customer base in numerous sectors including food processing, brewing and distilling, etc.” says Doug.

For further information on the SRT Series, call Fulton on 0117 972 3322, email or visit Fulton’s new-look website at


Editors Notes
With manufacturing facilities in the United States, Great Britain and China, Fulton is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer systems. Backed by over 60 years of research, innovation and experience, Fulton is building on a tradition of success and is focused on improving life through heat transfer solutions. For additional information about Fulton, please visit

For further information contact Doug Howarth
Fulton Limited, Fernhurst Road, Bristol, BS5 7FG
Tel: 0117 972 3322 Fax: 0117 972 3358
E-mail: Web:

For press information contact Simon Cantillion,
Cantillion King Advertising, 16 The Cornhill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2JT
Tel: 01453 755551 Fax: 01453 751525
E-mail: Web: www.cka


Fulton fleet investment reinforces aftercare team

With the company already launching a new, radically-designed vertical steam boiler and celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in the UK in 2016, Fulton could be forgiven for concentrating its efforts on these two major events. But, as sales and marketing manager Doug Howarth explains, following an extensive review of its existing aftercare fleet, Fulton has secured eight new commercial vehicles, enabling the company to provide a more flexible approach when it comes to managing resources and reinforcing its reputation as a world class aftercare provider.

“The new fleet has the potential to provide substantial benefits for Fulton’s customers. Six new VW Caddy Maxi service vehicles means the aftercare teams are now able to follow optimum timetables and provide a rapid response to emergency needs, which in turn reduces downtime by getting equipment back in service.” says Doug.

Additionally, the aftercare team has also taken delivery of two new long-wheel-base VW Transporters, which enables small boilers and energy-saving products including modulating burners, TDS energy recovery systems and economisers, to be delivered to site and installed or retrofitted on the same day.

The eight new vehicles will also enable on-board stock holding to increase, which will in turn increase the already high first-time-fix ratio that Fulton is acknowledge for.

Additional investment in in-house software and field-service tablet devices has also streamlined workloads and provided an improved monitoring system of Fulton’s network of highly-skilled engineers. Integrated GPS tracking of the vehicles also means Fulton can identify the location of its vehicles, which has improved call-outs by cutting the time it takes for its engineers to reach customers in need of emergency appointments.

For further information on Fulton’s service packages, call +44 (0)117 972 3322, email or visit




Editors Notes

With manufacturing facilities in the United States, Great Britain and China, Fulton is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer systems. Backed by over 60 years of research, innovation and experience, Fulton is building on a tradition of success and is focused on improving life through heat transfer solutions. For additional information about Fulton, please visit


For further information contact Doug Howarth

Fulton Limited, Fernhurst Road, Bristol, BS5 7FG

Tel: 0117 972 3322 Fax: 0117 972 3358

E-mail: Web:


For press information contact Simon Cantillion,

Cantillion King Advertising, 16 The Cornhill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2JT

Tel: 01453 755551 Fax: 01453 751525

E-mail: Web:


Byworth Boilers win Queens Award

Byworth Receives a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Byworth Boilers is proud to have been named a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The UK’s highest accolade for business success, the award was received in recognition of Unity, Byworth’s revolutionary boiler house control system. The first of its kind on the market, Unity has achieved outstanding results in its respective field of innovation.

The prestigious awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. They are judged following a rigorous and highly competitive entry process.

Rewriting the rules

Byworth were seeking an innovative product to solve the problem in the market. Unity was first touted as an idea in 2007 to the existing controls’ manufacturers; but after years of getting nowhere trying to persuade them to take on the development, Byworth felt so strongly that the industry was missing the key technological advancement, it appointed its own team to develop the idea into the finished product. After a two-year development plan, Unity was born.

Encourage and nurture innovation

Numerous departments at Byworth have had and continue to have a role in its development, contributing to its success. Unity as a physical entity is not merely enough, without the pioneering capabilities from the people ‘on the ground’ it would not sustain its competitive edge.

How has Unity changed the industry?

The innovative product controls and manages a boiler house as one entity rather than relying on various third party control systems; creating a considerably more efficient and configurable boiler house for the customer.

Data is accessible from the cloud; enabling plant managers to optimise the relationship between boiler and process by understanding when large peaks and troughs are happening.

The intelligent use of data allows site managers and operators to react more quickly to plant conditions, reducing the number of start-stop cycles, fuel and water usage.

Essentially, having better control makes the customers' plant safer and more efficient, as well as reducing emissions. 


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BOAS Handbook V6


We have made a few amendments to the BOAS Handbook over recent months.

Devised in consultation with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the insurance industry, manufacturers of boilers, burners and associated equipment, and employers, with the practical support of The Carbon Trust.

The CEA has devised a scheme recognised by industry, insurers and HSE, which provides a comprehensive qualification for operators and managers of industrial and commercial boiler plant.

Since the demise of the former City & Guilds boiler operative qualification, there has been no nationally-recognised qualification. The CEA seeks to fill that gap.

The syllabus has been devised in consultation with HSE, the insurers, trainers and employers. It is based on the former City & Guilds syllabus, but updated and expanded to include, not only safe operation, but energy efficiency, environmental control, and the latest developments in automatic and remote control.

The qualification can be obtained in two alternative ways:

  1. By attendance on an approved training course.
  2. By application for assessment for those who can demonstrate 
    sufficient experience.

In cases where a candidate attends an approved training course, the assessment will be carried out within the course. Where the experienced candidate just applies for assessment, he will be required to attend a one-day assessment course, which will include oral and written processes.

In all cases the candidates will be issued with log books where they will be required to record all working operations of the boiler plant under their control over a period of three months, at which time an ‘on site’ interview will be conducted.

The qualification is available in various categories as follows:

  1. Hot water boilers
  2. Steam boilers without steam raising in tubes (
  3. Steam boilers with steam raising in tubes (

Assessment at the higher category does not offer a presumption of competence at a lower category.


Cochran - Case Studies

The Central Campus Energy Solution

Turnkey Case Study (read here)

Having previously supplied Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with steam boilers back in the 1986, Cochran were contracted to provide the main steam generation equipment for the new Foresterhill Health Campus Energy Centre. Commissioned in June, the plant was operational by August 2012.


Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Fuel Costs

Efficiency Case Study (read here)

BillerudKornas Beetham at Milnthorpe in Cumbria is a world leader in the manufacture of speciality papers for healthcare and food packaging markets. Recently BillerudKornas made the decision to replace their existing 40-year-old boilers in order to reduce the fuel and maintenance costs.


Evolve Polymers
Recycling Waste Heat into Valuable Energy

Heat Recovery Case Study (read here)

Cochran recently installed a Heat Recovery Boiler system for Evolve Polymers at Hemswell in Lincolnshire. The project which made use of exhaust heat from two gas engines was completed in association weith leading generator hire company, Aggreko. 


Boiler Operation & Safety Awareness Hotel Seminars

Cochran Ltd is pleased to announce the popular 1 day Boiler Operation and Safety Awareness hotel seminar at various locations throughout 2016.

Supported by the CEA the seminar has been designed for personnel responsible for attending to Boiler Plants on a regular or intermittent basis such as Plant Managers, Security Guards and Shift Operatives.  It also benefits personnel responsible for matters relating to Health and Safety and indeed anyone requiring a comprehensive overview of the efficient operation of the Boiler Plant.



Tuesday 7th June 2016

Mercure Burton Upon Trent Newton Park Hotel

Newton Solney


DE15 0SS

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Mercure Livingston

Almond View


EH54 6QB

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Mercure Wetherby

Leeds Road


LS22 5HE


The seminar designed to provide a basic understanding of the everyday operation of boiler and burner plants.  The seminar consists of a series of illustrated talks and demonstrations, with course members being encouraged to question and actively participate.

The seminar costs £375.00 plus VAT, per person, and includes all course literature, morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea and Certificate of Attendance and it covers the following topics: 

  • Boiler Fittings
  • Combustion and the use of Various Boiler Fuels
  •  Boiler Construction
  • Essential Routines, Daily and Weekly Checks
  • Basic Water Treatment
  • Boiler House Health and Safety
  • Actions in Emergencies
  • Question and answer session


To book call Cochran Training Department on 01461 202111.  Further information on Cochran training courses are available at


SAACKE Programme of Regional Conferences

The CEA are happy to support its members, SAACKE Combustion Services, Enersol Flomar - M&M training and Torque Engineering who are hosting this Energy, Emissions and Efficiency Conference, along with SSE Enterprise looking at Micro CHP. 

Below is the SAACKE 2016 conference programme, please book directly with SAACKE using the flyer booking form or contacting via

This conference will also give you a flavour of the more detailed CEA two day conference workshops to be held at Crewe Hall, Cheshire 14 - 16th June and the Cambridge Belfry Hotel, Cambridge 12 - 14th July, covering in more depth your legal obligations when operating combustion plant and carrying out Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment.

For more information please contact or see our events page.

The CEA have organised a third day at each venue, Crewe Hall and the Cambridge Belfry with topics covered:

  • Crewe Hall - a mix of MCPD updates, Industrial Gas Accreditation (I-GAS) and boiler water treatment (BG04). 
  • Cambridge Belfry hotel - Biomass Health & Safety Awareness after recent boiler explosions. It is designed for Owners, Installers, Operators and Managers of biomass systems. 

See SAACKE Programme of Regional Conferences Here


The Use of Biomass - General Paper



A Summary Paper - COSHH Hazards arising with the storage of wood fuel

Author: A J Nicol BSc CEng MEI


It is appropriate to note that the comminution of aged timber will produce dust of all sizes including tiny particulate regardless of fuel specification. That dust will contain or have attached any of the residues of any chemical treatments etc and will because of its size remain airborne for long periods, post shredding and movement. Inhalation will present a COSHH risk (particularly with organo-chlorides) and will, very likely, with accumulation present an explosion risk. The risk of explosion will be most acute with enclosure e.g. above conveyors that are enclosed (reference the OSB investigation into the Imperial sugar explosion). Where wood is treated or where wood is wet and rotting wood is stored there is also the inherent risk of fungal growth and the attendant COSHH risk.

The use of Biomass has increased significantly over the last ten years. This increase is in large part due to a perception that biomass is green, clean and sustainable. These conceptions are in part driven by market pressure and in part underwritten with Government commercial interventions. The rapid development and deployment of biomass has alarmingly resulted in the un-informed design, review, installation and operation of allied storage and combustion technologies (with attendant fatality and injury)

Read the full paper here


The research and information and in particular the  formulation and execution of large scale trials for CO production from wood chip is very limited. There is sufficient evidence to show that large scale storage of any organic material but in particular soft wood lumber or chip will produce CO and generate and oxygen depleted high CO2 atmosphere. Where headspace ratio is small that will result in unacceptable CO levels.

Entry to a space storing large quantities of organic materials requires special and sensible consideration and precaution.

My consideration is based on this very limited data and analysis available for fresh wood chip. In the context of auto oxidative CO formation at least this will provide some safety margin because there is research available which suggests that the fatty content of wood reduces with age and accordingly the propensity to generate CO reduces.

Keeping the wood very dry will hamper biological degradations with attendant, CO, Methane and CO2 production, and for that reason ahigh fuel turnover and no dead spaces are preferable.

Ventilation must assure mixing or else stratification or binding may occur, creating pockets or layers of high CO concentration.

The detection systems must at least detect at the level where any human operator might be. Additional low and high level alarms might be used to provided a robust alarm system and warning of over pile CO build up and stratification.

Operational and maintenance activity that requires entry to a large store will merit special precaution. e.g. a risk assessed entry, COSHH test, extraction and evacuation procedures (written and tested) - and published emergency procedures to mitigate the effects of any Hazard being realised e.g. initial healthcare procedures for persons suspected of carbon monoxide poisoning or Oxygen deficiency.


Byworth Boilers win prestigious Award


Byworth Wins Prestigious Award at the House of Lords…

On the 22nd October, Byworth travelled down to London to attend the David Gunn Memorial Lecture & Lord Ezra Awards 2015 at the House of Lords.

The event was organised by the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA), a registered educational charity aimed at improving the understanding and development of the combustion industry. Originally formed in 1933, it advocates science and best practice of combustion and engineering, with a long history of promoting efficiency in the utilisation of all fuel types.

The event began with a fantastic lecture by Dr Stephen Payne OBE, the chief naval architect of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard's flagship ocean liner, which entered service in 2004. 

The entertaining anecdotes throughout the lecture included his childhood story of a single-minded determination to achieve a boyhood dream – to build a liner that would be reminiscent of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QM2’s predecessor). What was perhaps more inspiring was his memories of a supportive teacher he had throughout his education and career. It was said teacher that persuaded Stephen to ‘follow his dreams’ which led him down his successful path. They both stayed in touch throughout Stephen’s career and unfortunately the teacher passed away just before the QM2 was first to set sail. A touching end to the story concluded when Stephen mentioned there was a plaque dedicated to his teacher hidden on the QM2 and he hopes one day it will be found and the inspirational story will be exposed.


Stephen Payne commands the attention of the audience with his entertaining lecture

The events of the afternoon turned to recognising the efforts of people within the industry. The pinnacle of which was the Lord Derek Ezra Award 2015 for achievement in areas of higher efficiency, safety and lower emissions in industrial combustion. 

It was then that Derry Carr, Chairman of the Association, announced Byworth Boilers had won this prestigious award for its Unity control system. Pete Waterman OBE, the Association’s President presented the award to Byworth which was accepted by the system’s creator, Jason Atkinson and Technical Director, Adrian Rhodes.





CEA Yearbook 2016-2017

The Combustion Engineering Association New Year book 2016/2017 is now available to read in the resource section of the website.


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