Fire protection in the power generation industry
Generate power without risk of fire
A power generation facility has several high-risk areas where a fire or explosion can occur. Common problems are hot particles and foreign objects, such as stones and metal objects, within incoming material which can cause ignition. Another common issue is friction due to material build-up, which can occur at several places in the process.
degrees C – normal running temperature for steam turbine generator bearings
million dollars – average property loss for turbine building fire
Turbine lubrication oil a fire risk
Lubrication oil for turbines poses a particular problem, as the running temperature of the turbine can often exceed the ignition temperature of the oil. Other areas of high risk include conveyors, where objects in the incoming material, such as stones and metal pieces, can obstruct the flow and cause temperature rise. Elevated temperature rise can also be caused by friction due to material buildup.
Thousands of liters of oil are used to lubricate the bearings of a large steam turbine generator. If an oil leakage and subsequent fire occurs, for instance due to vibrations, operator error or electrical failure, the consequences for the plant can be catastrophic.
Fires cause high costs and long downtime
According to research by FM Global, inadequate fire protection was a major contributing factor in 17 large turbine building fires it researched. The property damage, not counting lost production, was more than 400 million dollars. The average property loss was 26 million dollars. The turbines were out of action for between 10 days and 48 weeks. The lost generating capacity was more than 20 million MWh.
Firefly protects your power generation facility by detecting hot particles in the process and extinguishing them before fire has a chance to take hold, helping to ensure the continuation of your process.
A fire in a belt conveyor is often hard to extinguish and can spread very quickly. In the worst case it can spread to surrounding material stacks and could last for weeks, causing major loss of revenue and production downtime.
The purpose of the Firefly ConveyorGuard™ solution is to automatically detect and suppress a fire at an early stage and to stop the conveyor belt as quickly as possible. The Firefly ConveyorGuard™ solution can be complemented with Firefly open area flame detectors and/or LTS cable.
Quick System Response Time
Minimum Water Usage
Third Party Approved System
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Unique Fire Protection Solutions for the recycling industry
ULTRA QUICK SYSTEM RESPONSE TIME
The Quick Suppression System, which is part of our protection solution for shredders, operates with high performance flame detectors for extremely quick detection. The efficient water mist system has remarkable suppression capabilities which reduce damages on machinery.
The True IR Spark detectors enable Precision Detection of ALL types of ignition sources such as hot black particles, glowing embers and sparks. The detectors are insensitive to daylight. Systems are also equipped with Multi-Channel flame detectors, using advanced algorithms for Precision Detection of flames with high immunity to false positives.
EXCELLENT SUPPRESSION CAPABILITIES
The Water Mist System with fire-tested and verified extinguishing capabilities utilizes very small amounts of water resulting in less impact on machinery, minimized production loss and down time.
FULL-CONE WATER SPRAY EXTINGUISHING
Powerful extinguishing with a unique nozzle design and placement aimed to penetrate and cover the entire material flow. Activated within milliseconds after detection.
Keeping industry leaders safe
“The installation of the Firefly systems has brought safety to the operators.
Before, we had to be very observant and we knew that our reaction was crucial for the handling of incidents. Now we can rely on the Firefly Fire Protection System.”
NICOLAS AL HOUAYEK
“Firefly has been on our side since day one, we have worked with their team during the project definition to get the best ratio between risk management and CAPEX optimization. Firefly keeps our people safe while we concentrate on improving our performance standards in the alternative fuel industry.”
LEENDERT-JAN VAN DER HOUT
“With the Firefly System an early detection of hot particles leads to immediate extinguishing and prevents the build up of a fire. Since the system was installed, Cérélia has had numerous detections but no fires.”