• Marc Bates

How we deliver sustainable industrial boiler and HVAC systems

When it comes to delivering well-maintained energy-efficient industrial boiler and HVAC systems, Hodgkinson Bennis is an ideal choice.



Industrial boilers are crucial in manufacturing processes, whatever inputs and products are involved. Indeed, process heating is vital in many industries, accounting for up to 40% of UK industry’s annual energy costs. But it’s also important to think about how systems can deliver hot water reliably, to ensure that companies keep their workers safe. And as well as heating, companies need to think about cooling and ventilation too. In this blog, we look at our range of industrial boiler and HVAC services.


Delivering heating and hot water on an industrial scale

Here at Hodgkinson Bennis, we’re experts in installation, commissioning, repair, and ongoing maintenance of industrial boilers. We recognise that right now few organisations will be looking to move ahead with wholly new industrial boiler plant installation. But as burner technology is constantly evolving, you may still need to select the most energy-efficient boiler if you do need to replace an old unit. And we can help apply for incentive schemes such as the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for biomass boilers.


To provide a safe and healthy workplace, manufacturing companies also need access to hot water. Not least, this is essential so all employees can follow current government advice around handwashing. We can help you to consider whether there are opportunities to rationalise heat supply by replacing a central industrial boiler system with individual point-of-use sources. We can also help you to consider the benefits of heat recovery, reusing waste heat to reduce energy consumption of the process itself. When designing a boiler system, Hodgkinson Bennis will help you to maximise opportunities to recover and reuse waste heat.


Limiting industrial boiler emissions through maintenance and repair

We’ve talked in our blog before about the European Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD). It came into effect in the UK in December 2017, limiting emissions of certain pollutants from any combustion plant with a thermal input of 1-50 megawatts. This encompasses noxious gases, but also (for instance) ash generated by burning biomass. Overall, the MCPD affected around 17,000 industrial plants in the UK, applying to both new and existing equipment. For older systems, we can work with you to modify existing plant to meet longer-term carbon reduction and MCPD goals.


For most of our clients, and especially ones with industrial boilers, the current focus is on maintenance and repair. Whether it’s the boiler itself or the pipework for water, steam and gas services, we’ll keep your boiler system running at peak efficiency. We’ll always undertake Covid-safe health and safety management to ensure no staff or contractors on site are put at risk. We’ll pay particular attention to heat transfer surfaces and air-to-fuel ratios. As well as maintaining your boiler, we can check for system leaks and insulate pipework to prevent heat losses. And in older systems, we can often identify redundant pipework, or ‘dead legs’, which cause unnecessary heat loss.


Keeping air cool with well-maintained HVAC systems

For many companies with industrial boilers, it’s also vital to cool air as well as heat water. Beyond boilers, we can maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Even if we haven’t designed your entire HVAC system, we can maintain the air handling unit (AHU), which is the central element that regulates and circulates air. Our maintenance engineers will keep the unit working by putting together a maintenance schedule and undertaking repairs where necessary.


The future for industrial boilers is all about better control

The period of lockdown has encouraged many organisations to accelerate plans to use communications and data technology more fully. Apart from anything else, this is designed to enhance energy efficiency. Better control systems can ensure that processes don’t operate at a higher temperature or for longer than necessary, as rates of heat loss increase with temperature.


For manufacturing and other industrial sectors, ‘Industry 4.0’, or the fourth industrial revolution, was already gathering pace before 2020. We can ensure that the latest energy-efficient industrial boilers and HVAC systems sit at the heart of any organisation’s efforts to automate. And we can fit smart heating and hot water control systems, which you can integrate into other digital systems you might invest in.


But it’s also important to remember how important your human resources are when it comes to creating sustainable solutions for your business. Listen to teams who may have suggestions on creating more energy-efficient processes. Bouncing back from coronavirus-related slowdown will require some innovative thinking, and we’re here to help out.


To find out more about Hodgkinson Bennis and our range of industrial boiler and HVAC services, contact one of the team today.

About Hodgkinson Bennis industrial boilers

Hodgkinson Bennis designs, installs, and maintains the most fuel-efficient commercial and industrial boilers. Headquartered in Manchester, we work across the UK, particularly in the North West, North East and throughout the Midlands. Contact us today to discuss how we can deliver advanced commercial and industrial boilers, and our range of other services. At Hodgkinson Bennis, we have worked with commercial and industrial boilers since 1872. This history gives us an enviable amount of experience as pioneers in the industry. We place an enormous emphasis on ensuring the health and safety of all team members, suppliers, contractors, and the public. We provide the most fuel-efficient boiler solutions for industrial and commercial applications.


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