Project Overview

Project Background

According to a report of the China Coal Industry Association, the industry situation is really severe, with nearly 70% coal enterprises suffering a loss, and the transformation of the coal industry is extremely urgent. Therefore, on the precondition of controlling the total coal consumption volume, how to improve the economic benefits of traditional coal enterprises, how to utilize the coal resource efficiently and cleanly, and how to reduce the coal pollution to the environment have become the studying issues of numerous enterprises.

Severe Situation of Coal Enterprises
Recently, a report released by the China Coal Industry Association revealed that nearly 70% coal enterprises suffered a loss and were under difficult operation and the industry situation was extremely urgent. Meanwhile, the central government is actively boosting the marketization reform and structural adjustment of the coal industry from the policy level. Therefore, on the precondition of clearing the supply-demand relationship, the transformation of coal industry is extremely urgent.
Support from National Policy
The Action Plan of Clean and Efficient Coal Utilization (2015~2020) recently released by the China National Energy Administration clarified the key tasks in 7 aspects. Of them, one is that by 2020 the use of high-efficiency boilers in some regions must account for over 50 percentages. The 5th Plenary Session of 18th National Congress of CPC brought forward the boosting of clean and efficient utilization of fossil energies, including coal. It can be learnt that the high-efficiency and environmental-friendly pulverized coal boiler is a key energy-saving technology project promoted by the central government.
Support from Local Government
Boosting the transformation with financial policy, Shandong government provided subsidies for key PPP projects at the earlier stage. In addition, Shandong government issued the notification for the High-Efficiency and Environmental-Friendly Pulverized Coal Boiler Promotion Action Plan (2016~2018) to mainly apply the high-efficiency and environmental-friendly pulverized coal boilers in the gas and heat supply fields, to implement the "Five-One Project" properly, and to speed up the promotion and application of high-efficiency and environmental-friendly pulverized coal boilers.
Environmental Pressure
TheThe traditional industrial boilers are fueled by block coals so that the emissions of soot and pollution gases are high. If fueled by pulverized coal, the boiler can realize the emissions of soot(≤30mg/m3), sulfur dioxide(≤100mg/m3), and nitric oxide(≤200mg/m3), which are lower than the national emission regulations and meet the local stringent environmental requirement.
Economic and Environmental Benefits of Pulverized Coal Combustion
When a traditional coal-fired boiler is reformed to be a pulverized coal boiler, the burn-off efficiency of pulverized coal is higher than 98%, the boiler's operating thermal efficiency higher than 90%. The fuel-saving capacity is higher than a traditional boiler by 30%, and the comprehensive operation cost reduces by 20~30%. The fuel procurement cost for the unit heat value of a pulverized coal boiler is only approximately 1/3 of that for a natural gas boiler.

Performance Standard

Design Scheme

Customer address:
Output Size:
200mesh D80
1,000,000TPY (Phase-II)
Four MTW215 European Grinders (phase-II) and supporting feeding, pulverized coal production, dust extraction, pulverized coal collection, conveyance, storage, and nitrogen protection devices.

Configuration of Production Line Equipment

Main Equipment

4 MTW European Mills (Phase-II)


The MTW series European Mill is a new generation of grinding machines. This machine adopts multiple advanced technologies, including integral bevel gear drive, internal thin oil lubrication system, and online measurement of oil temperature, and boasts multiple proprietary patented technological property rights, characterized by small occupational area, low investment cost, low operating cost, high efficiency, and environmental protection.


System composition:

RaRaw material bin, enclosed constant weight feeder (optional), MTW European Grinder, pulverized coal collector (explosive-proof precipitator for coal grinder), fan, de-ironing separator, drying system, and conveyance system.

Auxiliary Equipment

Nitrogen Generator System

The air is compressed by the compressor and, after a majority of oil, water, and dust is removed by the high-efficiency de-oiler, a mass of water content is removed by the refrigeration type compressed air drier, and the dust is removed by the dust fine filter. Then the air is buffered by the air reservoir and enters into the pressure swing adsorption oxygen-nitrogen separation system (namely nitrogen preparation unit) filled with absorbent. The clean compressed air is fed from the bottom of absorption tower and, after being diffused by the air diffuser, the air is input evenly into the absorption tower. After the oxygen-nitrogen absorption separation, the nitrogen is output from the outlet and enters into the nitrogen stabilizing tank.

Fire Extinguishing System

Fire Extinguishing System

When the temperature within the protection zone exceeds the pre-set alarm temperature value, the alarm signal is transmitted to the alarm unit which sends a command to the alarm bell to start alarming. The CO concentration alarm signal is also connected to the fire alarm unit via signal wire. When the CO concentration exceeds the pre-set value, the alarm unit sends a command to the sound-light alarm to start alarming. Then, the alarm unit starts the 30s' countdown. When the countdown is completed, the alarm unit sends a signal to the CO2 fire extinguishing system so that the nitrogen starting cylinder battery opens the corresponding solenoid valve and the nitrogen starts the CO2 fire extinguishing system to extinguish the fire for the alarm zone. The system has four control modes, automatic, manual, mechanically emergency manual, and emergency start/stop mode respectively.

Pneumatic Conveyance System

Pneumatic Conveyance System

The pneumatic conveyance system mainly functions as conveying the pulverized coal into the finished product tank and long-distance conveyance is available.

Intelligent Central Control System

Intelligent Central Control System

With the industrial computer as the core unit of the entire system, the central control system reads the PLC or ECS by multiple communication technologies to collect the conditions of the site equipment and, based on the conditions of site equipment, computer sends commands to control the site equipment to realize the functions, including remote control of equipment, record analysis of equipment information, and printed operation report.

The MTW European Mill has the intelligent control system developed and designed especially as the pulverized coal mill and adopts the ESC intelligent control system to realize the centralized control and the remote monitoring function---observing the running conditions of production line via mobile terminal equipment such as mobile phone and iPad, can also be realized.

Process Analysis

The raw coal in the bin is fed by belt feeder into the scraper conveyor constantly and evenly by which the raw coal is then sent into the dryer for baking. After baking, the raw coal is conveyed by the enclosed scraper conveyor to the enclosed storage bin. Transferred by truck to the raw material bin of pulverization system, the raw coal then is fed by belt conveyor into the MTW215 European Mill. The pulverized coal, graded by the pulverized coal separator, is supplied along the pipeline into the pulverized coal collector (The residual gas is collected by pulse dust collector). The finished pulverized coal collected is fed by screw conveyance system into the pulverized coal elevator to finished product bin for storage. The pulverized coal is transported by the tanker truck depending on the actual needs. The entire system is equipped with nitrogen generator system and CO2 system for explosion-proof and fire-extinguishing protections and its critical parts are installed with explosion-proof valve to guard equipment against damage.

Project Advantages

Project General Contracting Service

To minimize the project construction period and reduce the customer's investment, this pulverized coal preparation project adopts the EPC service. It is a turnkey service designed by SBM to bring convenience to our customers. This service runs through all projects steps, including site terrain & environment survey and investigation, production line process design, raw material inspection and testing, finished product analysis, investment budget analysis, and equipment installation and commissioning, which can prevent downtime and delay of production caused by inadequate preparation of construction materials and labor shortage. The EPC service realized the maximum production convenience for the customer, met the customer's need of urgent production schedule, and won the high appraisal from the Shandong customer.

Operation Convenience

To promote the operation convenience of pulverized coal production line, this production line adopts the unique two-step (baking and pulverizing) operation method. The two-step pulverized coal preparation system is a solution with baking and pulverizing separated. With relatively low temperature inner the grinding chamber, it's the unique pulverized coal production process of MTW European Mill. This process system features simple and easy control and can remarkably improve the safety performance of the production line.

1. Raw coal bin 2. Dryer 3. Weighing coal feeder 4. MTW European Grinder 5. Pulse dust collector 6. Pulverized coal collector 7. Fan 8. Finished coal bin 9. Pulverized coal bin 10. Monitoring system 11. Explosion-proof system 12. Central control system
Low Investment

The MTW series European Mill adopts multiple advanced technologies, including integral bevel gear drive, internal thin oil lubrication system, and online measurement of oil temperature, and boasts multiple proprietary patented technological property rights, characterized by small occupational area, low comprehensive investment, low operating cost, high efficiency, and environmental protection.

Safe and Environment-Friendly

To be fire-proof and explosion-proof during the pulverized coal production, the production line is equipped with nitrogen system, CO, and CO2 fire extinguishing system to guarantee running safety and stability of equipment to the maximum extent.

Meanwhile, the effective measures are taken to strictly control the dust concentration of exhaust gas within the national specified range. The production line adopts the pulse dust collector manufactured with advanced technologies to reduce the influence on the surrounding environment to the maximum extent.

EPC Service

two-step (baking and pulverizing) method

Pulse dust collector

Benefit Evaluation

Economic Benefit

A coal-fired boiler reformed by pulverized coal atomization technology can promote the combustion efficiency to 98%, the thermal efficiency to >90%, and steam output per ton from 5.5T to >9T. Compared with a traditional coal-fired boiler, it can save coal by >30%, electricity by 20%, water by 10%, land by 60%, and manpower by 50%. The pulverized coal produced realized RMB 800 million of sales volume and RMB 100 million of profit and tax.

Social Benefit

After atomization, the pulverized coal produced by this production line is supplied to the industrial boiler for combustion, which breaks the traditional combustion method by block coal. The efficient and clean use of coal boosts the transformation and upgrading of coal industry. It's of enlightening significance for the coal enterprise to successfully live through this severe situation.

Environmental Benefit

Emission of all atmospheric pollutants is equal to the emission standard of the natural gas boiler---no dust, coal slag, and smoke.

Customer Feedback

Due to large scale of this pulverized coal production line and strict quality requirement on pulverized coal, through extremely careful selection of manufacturers and the long-time multi-aspects investigation, we finally selected the equipment manufactured by SBM. From the site investigation to the installation and commissioning, we received professional solutions and services and four coal pulverization mills (Phase-II) are running well, with the production capacity exceeding the design capacity.

On-site photos

Extended Reading

Pulverized Coal Atomization Technology

The core of this technology is the "pulverized coal configuration and multiple vortex atomization", namely the high-speed air vortex is mixed with grained coal of 200 mesh into the vortex atomizer so that the pulverized coal and the air are sufficiently mixed and atomized to form a vortex and are fed into the boiler for floating combustion to realize high-efficiency combustion via thermodynamic system, measurement and control system, and exhaust gas purification system, with the emission meeting the emission standard of natural gas.

The pulverized coal used in the high-efficiency pulverized coal boiler system is selected, dried, and ground to be pulverized coal of 200 mesh for centralized management and distribution, which can effectively guarantee the quality stability of pulverized coal and eliminate the scattered coal piles and reduce the surrounding pollution, featuring high efficiency and energy conservation, clean emission, high automation level, environmental-friendliness, and outstanding economic, environmental, and energy conservancy benefits. The vigorous development, promotion and application of high-efficiency and environmental-friendly pulverized coal boilers is of important significance to boost the clean and efficient coal utilization, improve the atmospheric environment, and develop the energy conservation and environment protection industry.