The X10 TITAN,
a Real Game Changer in Incineration!
In Greek mythology the TITANS stand out for greatness of achievement which we feel describe the new product line perfectly.
For decades it has been custom to heat sludge oil either by steam, electricity or thermal oil prior to incineration. With ATLAS Incinerators’ new X10 TITAN, this is all history now.
The new X610 are smaller and lighter in weight than the ATLAS 600 but with higher performance.
The main specifications of the X610 show remarkable improvements compared to the ATLAS 600. Its combustion capacity is 18% greater and exceeds 20% for liquid waste with 20% water content. Where water content is 50%, the combustion capacity is 30% greater. The combustion capacity of solid waste remains the same, at 100 kg/hour (see table below).
These improvements have been achieved with a smaller combustion chamber and footprint of an ATLAS 600 and with an approximately 40% reduction in weight (see table below).
Basically, the “X10 TITAN” is a more compact incinerator plant with much more capacity than any similar incineration plan.
Without compromising on the high quality of the ATLAS series, the X10 TITAN has been designed to incinerate sludge oil and simultaneously load and/or burn solid waste while consuming an absolute minimum of energy onboard the ship.
While the X10 TITAN offers a significant improvement in combustion capacity, size and weight, the real game changer is that the sludge oil is not heated prior to burning, which means that the incinerator consumes an absolute minimum of energy.
Moreover, the new design offers significant savings for both shipyards and shipowners.
This is thanks to the application of the latest incineration technology and an oil burner developed by ATLAS Incinerators.
The entire incineration process has been simplified and shortened, with several operations that occur in conventional incinerators now being redundant (see the illustration below).
Sludge oil heating is history
What makes the X10 TITAN unique is that sludge oil is pumped directly from the sludge oil tank to the oil burner prior to incineration without having to heat the sludge oil first. In other words, there is no need to use steam, electricity or thermal oil to heat the system.
This allows shipyards to make significant savings on heating the system. There is no longer a need for heating elements or a control system, nor for several metres worth of piping, a regulator or ball valves, in the case of steam. All of these costs are saved, in addition to which the installation becomes faster and simpler.
It is not only shipyards that enjoy economic advantages from the X10 TITAN. Shipowners also can see immediate savings in operations costs as heating is no longer necessary, resulting in a savings on fuel oil for heating the steam or generating electricity. Depending on fuel oil prices, this has the potential for significant savings each year.
The environmental impact of the X10 TITAN is equally important. Because the sludge oil is no longer heated, the auxiliary engines and boilers emit less carbon and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Thanks to this contribution to decarbonisation,
the X10 TITAN has become the most eco-friendly incinerator on the market for ships.
Oil burner developed by ATLAS Incinerators
The oil burner plays an important role in burning sludge oil without preheating. In the incinerators that are available on the market, the sludge oil burner and diesel oil burner are separate, whereas in the TITAN there is only one burner.
This is, of course, an advantage to shipyards and shipowners: as fewer components are required, the incinerator costs less. Another advantage for shipowners is that fewer components means a savings on maintenance costs.
The new oil burner developed by ATLAS Incinerators is called a combi-burner, because the fuel oil and sludge oil are pumped from separate pipes and injected through the combi-burner.
The X10 TITAN uses the same method of atomising the sludge oil mixture as in the ATLAS series. Here, compressed air is injected into the middle of the combi-burner, passing a turbulator at high velocity and thereby atomising the sludge mixture.
The main nozzle in the oil burner has been re-designed, however, leading to a reduction in compressed air consumption of more than 60%.
Previously, the air intake in the sludge oil burner was either fully open or fully closed and fixed in the diesel oil burners, but in the combi-burner, the air intake is seamlessly regulated to ensure a more optimum flame and burning process. The combustion air is still created by a forced draught fan, which is the primary blower, and leads to the combi-burner and the combustion chamber via the double steel casing.
Separate the water from the sludge oil, or burn the sludge oil with the water?
In recent years we have experienced increased water content in the sludge oil, most likely because fuel oil separators are becoming more efficient. It’s not uncommon to see water content in the range of 30%–50%.
Higher water content than specified for IMO waste creates a technical challenge for most conventional incinerators. Even water content of 30% makes it a challenge to maintain a stable flame and burning process, so shipyards and shipowners sometimes choose to separate the water from the sludge oil by installing a settling tank and/or installing an extraction fan in the sludge oil tank in the belief that this is the best, most economical solution.
However, a much faster and more economical solution is available. All incinerator plant models designed by ATLAS have been built to burn sludge oil with up to 50% water without injecting any fuel oil into the process. This includes the latest model: the X10 TITAN.
This is possible because of the atomised emulsion that allows a homogeneous and stable flame, leading to zero fuel oil consumption during operation. Its performance is guaranteed by ATLAS Incinerators ApS.
Shipowners and shipyards can therefore make significant savings by eliminating the need for a settling tank, extraction fan, pumps, control system, cabling, piping, engineering design, etc. when they install an ATLAS incinerator plant.
This equipment can easily amount to as much as 15%–20% of the total cost, depending on the size of the settling tank and the distance between the settling tank and the storage tank.
Furthermore, shipowners do not need to maintain and repair motors, pumps, and valves, nor must they maintain a stock of spare parts for settling equipment, and the weight and space occupied by the settling tank can be converted into additional payload.
New Control System – Human Machine Interface (HMI)
The control system on the X10 TITAN has been upgraded with the latest HMI technology. The operator panel is easy to use and provides a modern and effective display of essential information such as operation mode, flue gas temperature, combustion temperatures, alarms, etc.
New functions have been incorporated for better operation and documentation. These incude the prevention of overloading in solid waste mode, diesel oil consumption, sludge oil burning capacity, tank levels, preventative maintenance recommendations, fault diagnostics, and other functions.