The rise in demand for steam generation

We asked our Managing Director, Raymond Shepherd, to give us his thoughts on the trends affecting the steam generator market – here’s what he had to say:

“Improvements to the steam engine were undoubtably some of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution. The importance of this energy source continued for the next 200 years, with steam remaining at the forefront of manufacturing and energy production in the western world.

In the last 50 years or so however, new fuels and technologies have reduced our dependency on steam, and we’ve seen a reduction in the number of steam generation plants throughout the UK. But as we push towards zero carbon emissions by 2045, is that downward trend about to change?

We’re certainly seeing a growing appetite for steam generation to produce electrical supply on a smaller scale. Biomass steam boilers, waste heat steam boilers and improved incineration processes – coupled with low gas costs – are making steam a viable option once again.

We’ve also noted an increase in steam usage in the Food and Drink sector, with a new wave of small distilleries and micro-breweries opening throughout Scotland, as global demand for scotch and craft beer continues to grow.

It’s great news for us, as James Ramsay have been providing cost-effective, reliable steam solutions to our clients throughout the UK for almost 100 years. Steam is on the rise? We’ll drink to that.”

Raymond Shepherd

Managing Director – James Ramsay