Producing fertilizer requires a lot of hot water. In just four months of 2019, Wedgworth’s pumped more than 3 million gallons of hot water (about 25,000 gallons per day) at its fertilizer blending facility in Lake Placid, Florida. When a business is making that much hot water, it’s vital that it’s producing it with an energy-efficient water-heating system that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. That’s why, according to an article by Reginald Gholston in PHCP Pros, Wedgworth’s switched out the Lake Placid facility’s old diesel boilers with a new system centered around 17 propane tankless water heaters.
The 17-unit Noritz tankless system combines with a stainless-steel storage tank to provide a large, reliable source of water, says Ken Bruce, director of liquid operations for Wedgworth’s, in the article. The system also meets the need for energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and affordable maintenance.
“We are burning a much cleaner fuel with our tankless systems,” Bruce says. Gholston writes that burning a petroleum derivative such as diesel fuel inevitably requires more maintenance. “Now we’re burning gas, and everything stays cleaner with fewer impurities,” Bruce says, “so there is less need for servicing.” Propane is also a low-carbon fuel that can produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel in a wide range of applications, including for water heating.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Commercial Tankless Water Heating for more case studies and insights on using tankless water heaters in commercial buildings. Or check out the article below to see why tankless was an effective solution even in an application like fertilizer production with massive hot-water demands.
Top photo: Director of liquid operations Ken Bruce at Wedgworth’s Lake Placid, Florida, facility: “Because the system is properly designed, we have enough hot water any time we need it. We simply never run out.”