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Industrial Process Product Inn(15731)

Fulton Boiler Works, Inc.,


Steam boilers have traditionally been fairly inefficient. The temperature of high-pressure steam limits the amount of heat transfer that can be accomplished in a traditional steam boiler. While minor gains can always be made through heat exchanger design, the units will never condense in the primary heat exchanger, and thus peak efficiencies are limited. Additionally, steam units are almost always very large, due to steam volumes needed, and the large combustion chamber typically used.

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Project Description

The Fulton Companies will design, fabricate and evaluate the first prototype pulsed combustion steam boiler incorporating recent advances in heat exchanger materials and design. The further development of the pulse combustion process is to have even lower emissions than the current design, without sacrificing efficiency.


A 5% efficiency gain over the more traditionally associated 85% for a steam boiler represents a significant energy saving to the end user. In one year’s worth of run time, a single unit could save 275,635,294 British Thermal Units (BTUs), or 270,230 cubic feet of natural gas. Fulton also intends this unit to be installed in a modular manner, similar to the use of multiple hydronic boilers. The addition of a low cost secondary heat exchanger to pre-heat and modulate the feed water will result in much higher efficiencies and more stable load matching performance.

Project Results


Fulton Boiler Works, Inc.,
972 Centerville Rd
Pulaski, NY 13142

Principle Investigator

Keith Waltz

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Industrial Products

NYSERDA Contact Information

Miriam Pye


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 11/22/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 15731

Last Updated: 1/10/2014