Boilers play an important role in China’s economy and Chinese people’s lives. The boiler is one of the major equipment of thermal power generation. By the end of 2018, the installed thermal power capacity in China was about 1.14 billion kilowatts, accounting for 60% of the total installed capacity of electricity in China. And it is still rising.
According to CRI, by the end of 2018, there were more than 500 boiler manufacturers in China, and the average annual production volume was less than 1,000 evaporation tons. China’s boiler industry is troubled by low market concentration ratio, outdated technologies and low gross profit margins.
China-made boilers are dominated by industrial boilers. In industrial production, industrial boilers are essential thermal power equipment. They are classified into coal-fired steam boilers, oil and gas fired steam boilers, thermal oil furnaces, hot-blast stoves and applied in power generation, industrial production, light industry, textiles, metallurgy, etc.
As coal-fired boilers cost much less than natural gas boilers, they dominate China’s industrial boiler market. For a long time to come, they will continue to be the mainstream of industrial boilers in China, and most of them will be medium and heavy-duty ones. Coal-fired boilers cause serious environmental pollution. As the energy supply structure changes and energy conservation and environmental protection requirements become more stringent, small coal-fired industrial boilers will be phased out, and the energy-efficient and low-pollution industrial boilers that use clean fuels and clean combustion technologies will become a development trend.
As China’s environmental protection policies become stricter, in recent years, the Chinese government is promoting the transformation and upgrade of industrial boiler manufacturers. In Jul. 2016, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the Plan for Industrial Application of Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Industrial Boilers to transform and upgrade the industrial boiler industry, save energy, reduce emissions and improving the environment. The Plan requires that by the end of 2020, some production bases of energy efficient and environmentally friendly industrial boilers should have been built, and energy efficient and environmentally friendly industrial boilers should take up a market share of more than 60% with a production volume of 1 million evaporation tons.
Many local governments of China have also taken measures to control the pollutant discharge of industrial enterprises. Replacing coal-fired boilers with natural gas boilers or electric boilers has become a hot trend. In cities which have the pipelines for the West-East Gas Transmission Project and natural gas import and port cities that are able to import liquefied gas and their surrounding areas, gas-fired boilers have huge growth potential. Supported and encouraged by the Chinese government, the gas-fired boiler industry has a bright prospect.
To meet the standards on energy conservation and environmental protection, many industrial boiler manufacturers are upgrading their boilers. Supported and encouraged by the Chinese government, the gas-fired boiler industry will have a bright prospect. Environmentally friendly gas-fired boilers will certainly replace coal-fired boilers to become the mainstream products on China’s boiler market.
– Status of China’s boiler industry
– Chinese government’s policies on the boiler industry
– Progress in the replacement of coal-fired boilers with gas-fired boilers
– Competition in China’s boiler industry
– Major boiler manufacturers in China
– Major factors influencing the development of China’s boiler industry
– Prospect of China’s boiler industry