Enhancing Energy Efficiency of Induced Draft Fans in Thermal Power Plants

R.P. Mandi and U.R. Yaragatti (India)


Energy efficiency, Auxiliary power, fan efficiency, SEC, VFD, excess air, furnace air ingress


This paper describes the various methods for enhancing the energy efficiency of induced draft fans in coal fired thermal power plants. The auxiliary power used by induced draft fans forms about 1.4 to 1.8 % of the total gross energy generation. ID fans are the second largest (in rating) motor in a thermal power plant after Boiler Feed Pump (BFP). The detailed energy audit of auxiliary equipment in various thermal power stations, operational optimization and appropriate control system had shown ample scope for improving the energy efficiency of induced draft fans. The implementation of energy conservation measures reduce the average auxiliary power used by ID fans for 210 MW plant from 1.63 % to 0.97 % of gross energy generation and the energy conservation schemes are economically attractive with a payback period of 1 to 5 years.

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