CEA Launches I-GAS


ICOM’s 2016 Annual Lunch focuses on energy (Jun 2016)


The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is on it's way and will be transposed into UK law by December 2017


Brewery rebels as Fulton’s thermal fluid installation is one of only a handful in the UK


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


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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CEA Launches I-GAS

The Combustion Engineering Association launches “I-GAS”

a new qualification for maintenance and gas fitters working in industry


  • Do you or any of your team work on industrial gas systems? Have you been formally trained and can you prove competence?
  • Do you or your team organise or carry out any maintenance or installation work on industrial gas systems?
  • Do you employ contractors to do this work?
  • Do you check contractor’s qualifications and competency?

There are many activities routinely occurring in industrial premises that might require breaking into a gasway for maintenance or repairs. Currently, available training and certification for gas fitters and engineers working on domestic and commercial appliances is not often appropriate for the types of gas equipment commonly found in industry, increasingly including premises where electricity is generated using gas.

Large numbers of maintenance technicians, gas operatives and contractors working in factories may have no formal training in the safe use of gas in industry.  Gas is widely used in bakeries and other food processes, breweries, laundries, metals processing, energy centres, chemical works, hospitals, pharmaceutical, and lots of other manufacturing across a wide range of industrial users and sites.  Most people know of GasSafe qualifications, and that it is a legal requirement in domestic situations to have the appropriate GasSafe accreditation for the appliance being worked on.  However, these qualifications are not required in factories and the associated training will not be relevant for the types of equipment and sizes of plant involved, the only requirement is to be able to prove competence.

Regulation 3 of the ‘Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998’ (GSIUR) says:

 “Gas work for those working at premises that fall outside the scope of the Regulations should only be undertaken by a person who has successfully completed an appropriate full training course followed by assessment of competence”.

The CEA’s Industrial Gas Operations Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) qualification has therefore been devised to fill this gap, in collaboration with industrial gas training providers, manufacturers of combustion equipment, and employers.  It is the only formal training and accreditation scheme currently available that is specifically designed for maintenance staff and technicians working with gas in industrial premises.

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Candidates for I-GAS qualifications are expected to already be working as mechanical fitters or installers, maintenance technicians or in other associated industrial activities where they are working around gas fired systems and equipment.  They may already have domestic gas qualifications and need to enhance these with an industrial gas qualification, or they may have no formal gas training at all.

Whilst everything is done correctly by suitably qualified and experienced personnel, then all is well - but: Below - the devastation caused by an untrained operative adjusting the gas valve to the boiler.

The first boiler exploded in 2013 - Its sister boiler exploded in 2014, all because the operator and the company had not learnt its lesson from the first explosion.

No Formal training and no company procedures were in place either before or after the first explosion.

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2013 (NB. The sister boiler in the background)| 2014 (both boilers now lay in ruins)    

In order to prepare candidates for I-GAS accreditation a number of independent and competing organisations offer suitable training courses approved by the CEA. 

These courses are intended to supplement and confirm existing knowledge and prepare suitable candidates for the various levels of qualification afforded by I-GAS.  All courses are a mix of practical assessments and written examinations assessed by independent gas Assessors.

I-GAS Accreditation of itself is not a legal requirement, but it is a test of a person’s competence in relation to their current knowledge and experience at the time their assessment is completed.  It is only one possible component that may help an organisation to demonstrate their corporate responsibility to provide suitable training for employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

I-GAS is not a substitute for GasSafe qualifications which are still needed for work on gas installations in a wide variety of domestic and commercial premises and other publicly accessible locations such as hospitals.

The CEA is the independent Certification Body responsible for the scope, syllabus and administration of the scheme, and the selection and appointment of Training Providers and Assessors.

There are five levels that can be achieved under the I-GAS accreditation scheme and suitably skilled entrants can join at the appropriate level in line with their knowledge and skills, these are:-

  • Level 1 - Entry portfolio

New entrants, possibly with limited gas experience.

Off line course and home study to familiarise candidates with gas industry standards, legislation and procedures.  Not accredited to work on gas systems.

  • Level 2 - Industrial Gas Maintenance

Safe procedures for gas work, breaking into gas ways, repairing or replacing gas line components ‘like-for-like’, strength testing, tightness testing, purging & relighting end of line equipment.  Knowledgeable to supervise gas contractors.

  • Level 3 - Industrial Gas Technician

Work on gas pipework; understand combustion principles and combustion equipment.  Combustion analysis and emissions.  Setting regulators.

  • Level 4 - Industrial Gas Engineer

Pipework design, strength testing, Pipeline replacement and modifications to installations (incl. “component change” procedures), and gas system commissioning.

  • Level 5 - Industrial Gas Designer

New installation design and certification. DSEAR and risk assessments. Gas installation projects.

  • The first public I-GAS level 2 course is week commencing 22 August 2016 at Blue Flame, Newcastle Under Lyme.
  • The first public I-GAS level 3 is week commencing 24 October 2016 also at Blue Flame.

Contact details for further information:

David Kilpatrick – Director:  The Combustion Engineering Association

NET Park, Thomas Wright Way, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 3FD

Tel: 01740 625538 - Fax: 01740 625251 - Mobile: 07866 764716 - Email:


ICOM’s 2016 Annual Lunch focuses on energy (Jun 2016)


Members of ICOM and their guests gathered recently at the RAF Club in London for the Association’s 2016 annual lunch, bringing together over 100 of the commercial and industrial heating sector’s key decision makers.

Highlights of the event, which were sponsored by Bosch and Nortek, included a fascinating overview of global energy markets by BBC Science Editor David Shukman and the presentation of the third ICOM Apprentice of the Year award.

Proceedings were opened by honorary life member Phil Brompton, who introduced the Association’s new chairman Simon Parker. In response, Mr Parker welcomed the recent growth in the commercial boiler, warm air and radiant markets though he was less sanguine about the renewable energy sector. The government’s modifications to the Renewable Heat Incentive, he suggested, will have serious implications for biomass and solar thermal potential – whilst on a more positive note flagging up the opportunities for green gases, CHP and heat pumps.

He also made reference to the hard work by ICOM members on implementing the latest ErP regulations with a warning that there is still a lot more to come. The Gas Appliance Regulations in particular were cited as having a significant impact on members.

In this respect, Mr Parker noted how the growing ICOM membership, covering market sectors that have not been included before, is giving the organisation a more holistic approach to the industry that will stand it in good stead for meeting future challenges.


L­R: Simon Parker (General Manager Europe) Nortek HVAC Ltd; David Shukman (BBC Science Editor); ICOM Keynote Speaker, Ross Anderson (Director) ICOM


Policy and reality

Guest speaker David Shukman also made energy the theme of his address, with a focus on the relationship between public policy pronouncements and reality, using the Paris Agreement 2015 – and its commitment to reducing global temperatures by 2°C – as an example. Whilst many governments are reluctant to invest in mitigating climate change, he noted that progress will be reviewed every five years as politicians do not like to be embarrassed by unachieved targets.

In this respect, Mr Shukman observed that public pressure can also be effective in other ways. For instance, there is now considerable social pressure in China around the issue of air quality and this is helping to shift emphasis away from coal to wind farms and solar. This has a knock­on effect for the rest of the world as it is serving to drive down the cost of turbines and solar panels ­ helping to bring us closer to the key target of making renewables cheaper than fossil fuels.

Corporate engagement was also cited as another key driver in tackling climate change, with a number of big companies committing to carbon neutrality as part of their overall corporate social responsibility.

Nevertheless, he warned, switching to renewables must be seen as a long­term objective because of our continued dependence on liquid fossil fuels – especially for transportation. He noted that it took around two centuries for the internal combustion engine to become dominant over steam.

Best practice for water treatment

Speaking on behalf of the guests, David Kilpatrick, Director of the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA), explained to the audience how ICOM and the CEA are now working closely together in a number of areas, including the publication of guidance documents.

By way of illustration, he observed that around 90% of incidents involving boilers or burners were due to poor water treatment, so that a key focus for the two Associations has been the development of a new water treatment best practice guide, designated BG04. Due for publication in July 2016, this is designed to be a simple guide for people who are not engineers but have responsibility for managing or maintaining boiler plant.

Apprentice of the Year

The proceedings were concluded with a presentation of the Apprentice of the Year Award, which this year went to Andrew Bell of Cochran; with Kyle Dean of Lochinvar and Phillip Roberts of Nortek Global (HVAC) as runners­up.

ICOM Director Ross Anderson spoke eloquently about the importance of apprenticeships in replacing the skills of those older people in the industry who are close to retirement. He was particularly pleased that so many ICOM members employ apprentices, noting that this puts the industry in a strong position to encourage more emphasis on engineering by the skills councils.


L­R: David Young (Chief Engineer) Cochran; Andrew Bell (winning apprentice) Cochran, Ross Anderson (Director) ICOM



The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is on it's way and will be transposed into UK law by December 2017

If your company runs any combustion plant from 1MW thermal Input up to 50 MWth you will fall into the MCPD. The emission limits have already been set for the European Union and a number of staging dates set for the various sizes and types of industrial plant. 

Having seen on the news the smog in certain Chinease cities, reminisent of 1950's London smogs here is some information that may indicate the direction of travel in terms of NOx reduction globally. 

The CEA are running an MCPD Awareness Seminar on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the Cambridge Belfry - Click here for details

SAACKE LONOX UCC System already complies with future Chinese emission limits

Nitrogen oxide emissions < 30 mg/m³ based on 3.0% dry O2 certified by the German TÜV

From 2017, particularly strict emission guidelines will apply in selected urban areas in China, such as Beijing. New heat generation plants and power stations will then be subject to a NOx limit value of a maximum of 30 mg/m³ based on 3.0% dry O2, while the regulation enters into force in five years for existing plants. The optimized SAACKE LONOX UCC (Ultra Clean Combustion) System, based on burner technology that has proven its worth over decades, already complies with the future guideline values in all areas – without expensive additives or secondary measures. This was verified by the German TÜV (Technical Inspection Authority) in January 2016, based on measurements at a test facility at the SAACKE research and development location in Bremen.

The new statutory regulations are the Chinese government’s response to rising air pollution and smog formation, especially in urban areas. These are the result of released nitrogen oxides, which are unwanted by-products of combustion processes that use high temperatures in many sectors of industry or are also released by motor vehicles in traffic. “We want to use our technology to contribute to a better climate and better living circumstances for the inhabitants”, says Dr. Norbert Schopf, Director Business Development at SAACKE. “The guidelines for new plants may only enter into force from 2017, but they also affect power stations that supply heat. The goal is to be able to commission the first SAACKE Low NOx burners at the start of the 2016/2017 heating period.” Plants that are already in operation can also be fitted with the technology, so that they can continue to be used.




Cost-effective and efficient compliance with limit values

The reduction of nitrogen oxides in industrial processes is generally achieved by cooling the flame temperature in the burner, such as by installing cooling fins or water injection. NOx reduction measures of many SAACKE competitors often lead to a high amount of excess O2 or a high level of CO. Significant reductions in the released nitrogen oxide can often only be achieved using expensive, catalytic (SCR) or non-catalytic (SNCR) processes. However, all of these options increase fuel consumption, material costs and the use of necessary additives at the operator’s expense. By contrast, the SAACKE LONOX UCC System is based on an internally developed technology, whose core elements are a swirled and particularly stable spherical flame as well as a specially-engineered flame control. “This function has proven itself in practice over many years and has undergone constant optimization”, explains Dr. Norbert Schopf. The SAACKE burner fires all gaseous fuels cost-effectively and efficiently in compliance with the limit values of 30 mg/m³ NOx based on 3.0% dry O2 – with a low flue gas recirculation rate of < 30%. Specifically, measurements by the TÜV Nord, under low, partial and full load, resulted in NOx values (averaged over half an hour) of < 19 mg/m³ at an output of 1 MW, < 28 mg/m³ at 4 MW and < 24 mg/m³ at 8 MW. The CO value is below 100 mg/m³. The SAACKE LONOX UCC System does not require any external measures for NOx or CO, and has a capacity range of 8 to 64 MW, making it suitable for plants with shell boilers or water-tube boilers with capacity ranges between 10 and 80 tons per hour. The burner solution is also ideal for extremely short furnaces due to the special flame geometry.

The SAACKE LONOX UCC System can be customized to customer requirements and the local infrastructure. Besides the test plant at the research and development location in Bremen, a 32 MW demonstration plant is also in planning at SAACKE's Chinese site in Qingdao.



News: 2016/05

Managing Director: Malcolm J. Cook

SAACKE Combustion Services Ltd. │Registered in England No. 7184556 │VAT Number is GB 989  1797 35



Brewery rebels as Fulton’s thermal fluid installation is one of only a handful in the UK

Steam is often seen as a traditional source of indirect heat for brewing and distilling processes but, with the recent explosion in micro-breweries and resurgence in craft brewing, the regulations and additional ongoing investment required for running a pressure-based system often adds too much cost when considering steam as a heat transfer solution. So when Rebellion Beer Company was looking to replace its ageing steam boiler system, they turned to two of the UK’s major thermal fluid specialists for help.

Established in 1993 by two school friends from Marlow, Rebellion Beer Company is a medium-sized micro-brewery that uses traditional brewing methods and natural ingredients to produce four million pints of beer from its Chiltern Hills-based brewery every year.

Having secured a new 20-year lease on its premises, and as part of a three-stage development plan for the business, Rebellion’s Mark Gloyens decided that an upgrade to some of the company’s original brewing equipment was required and, with its steam boiler reaching the end of its operational life, he started looking at options for new heat transfer equipment.

“This was the first time we had approached thermal fluid system specialists for a project of this sort and, having met with two of the UK’s main suppliers to discuss the project, we were impressed with Fulton’s enthusiasm and interest in getting involved with what turns out to be one of only a handful of brewery-based thermal fluid heat transfer projects in the UK.” says Mark.

Explaining the potential energy savings, Mark says that Fulton’s new FT-C 240 vertical coil thermal system should save money on the company’s energy bills as it is possible to easily turn the heater on and off as required, and with minimal heat-up time. In contrast, the old steam-based system needed to be turned on at the beginning of the day and left running regardless of the demand for steam.

The new system also provided value-for-money, as thermal fluid heaters are non-pressurised systems and therefore not subject to the costs of running a system under the pressure regulations. For example, thermal fluid heaters use specialist oils as heat carriers and operate, at atmospheric pressures, up to 300°C. To gain a similar operating temperature from traditional water- or steam-based systems would require a pressure of 85 bar. And while Rebellion Beer Company prefers to operate its thermal system at lower temperatures of around 135°C to ensure a quality product, for many processes where high process temperatures are required, thermal fluid heaters are an ideal source of heat.

For Rebellion, the system is also much simpler than a steam solution and was therefore less expensive to set-up and maintain. Additionally, Fulton’s FT-C thermal fluid system is more compact than the original steam-based system, which has freed up much needed space for other valuable process equipment.

Commenting for Fulton, Doug Howarth explains that unlike steam, thermal systems provide useable temperature with very little pressure and a variety of cost savings should therefore be expected. The additional control provided by thermal systems also allows multiple, easy and accurate temperatures throughout a single system that can also include cooling. There are also no freezing hazards, they provide rapid start up and shutdown with minimal heat losses and there’s no requirement for blow down or condensate losses.

“The whole life costs for thermal systems can also be cheaper because they require fewer insurance inspections, which minimises production downtime and shut down periods. There’s also no requirement for water treatment or chemical dosing, which leads to zero waste disposal and minimal maintenance costs.” says Doug.

Fulton’s thermal fluid heat transfer solution is now used throughout Rebellion’s brewing process. From the brewhouse, where liquor (water) is heated to 66 degrees for the mashing-in process and wort is boiled with hops for 90 minutes; to heating the brewhouse and fermentation tank CIP system.

Fulton’s highly-efficient FT-C thermal fluid boiler offers a compact, fuel-fired, 4-pass heater design capable of operating at temperatures up to 345°C. The system is designed to provide high-fluid velocities and low-film temperatures for improved longevity. The system’s compact footprint also means it could be skid-mounted, accommodating ancillaries such as circulating pump, expansion tank and related pipework, to minimise the floor space required for installation.

Summarising, Doug Howarth says that whilst the company is known as a reliable source of multi-fuel-fired steam boilers, Fulton is also synonymous with heat transfer solutions and produces an unrivalled range of thermal oil and hot water solutions. And because Fulton offers a complete range, they are well placed to offer customers an unbiased review of their heat transfer requirements.

For further information on its thermal fluid systems, including the FT-C vertical coil, FT-N vertical electric and FT-HC horizontal coil heaters, 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:


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. 


Jura, in a world of it's own - Find out more about Byworths journey to this famous distilllery

Discover what the Yorkshireman Steam Boiler can do for your business with Byworth Boilers






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


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