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At Veolia we are always striving to deliver innovative ways to turn waste into a resource for our customers throughout the UK. Click below for some examples of our great work in action.

​Safe explosive cleaning

We have developed an innovative solution for online, fully automated boiler cleaning that uses safe explosive technology.

Our challenge was to develop a boiler cleaning system that provides an alternative to previous soot blower cleaning regimes.

Our explosive solution consists of a permanent, fully automated system that delivers pressure waves by means of a controlled explosion of combustible gases.

Pressure waves act upon a large area inside the boiler creating short vibrations which break off soot deposits ensuring that heat transfer for steam generation is maximised.

Key figures:

£.6m investment

50% operational service savings from cleaning each ERF

92.5% high ERF availability - increased efficiency

This new technology delivers:
  • increased plant availability at our Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs), avoiding unscheduled downtime for maintenance;
  • ​enhanced production capacity, using steam more efficiently for power generation;
  • a reduction in operating costs; providing an environmental solution that turns waste into a resource even more efficiently.
Read more about our safe explosive cleaning technology - download the case study below.

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​Safe explosive cleaning case study
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