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Fluidised Bed Combustion

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy when the first commercial fluidised bed combustion boiler is expected to be available for the industrial market; and how much of that market jointly served by coal, oil and gas is likely to be regained by coal.

Large industrial fluidised bed boilers are being offered by Babcock & Wilcox Ltd. For smaller boilers, including the packaged boiler range, fluidised bed combustion technology is close to commercial exploitations, but the timing depends upon the success of the present programme of development and prototype testing in which vigorous NCB sponsorship is playing an important part. The Green Paper on Energy Policy contains estimate of the success which coal may achieve in improving its share of the industrial market.