Co2 emissions reduced by 18% and methane consumption down by 3,500,000 standard cubic metres. These are the objectives of the first “Cogeneration Plant with Integrated EcoRecupero” (Impianto di Cogenerazione con EcoRecupero Integrato), introduced by Lucart at their facility in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (LU) and which adds up to an investment of more than 3 million euro.
This revolutionary technology is the first of its kind to be used on an existing plant in Italy. It sends the exhaust gases from the Turbogas to the paper drying hoods and replaces traditional methane-powered burners. This avoids the release of about 3.5 tons of nitrous oxides (NOx) every year. This sustainable and eco-friendly drying system was designed by Lucart and Valmet Spa, a world leader in developing and supplying technology, automation and services for the paper industry. The system uses the thermal energy from the hot exhaust gases, avoiding the need to send methane gas to the traditional burners, and thus enhancing the overall performance of the plant.
This innovative choice required more than 25,000 hours of work and the very latest production techniques. “With this new project we confirm our commitment towards an innovative, eco-sustainable and more competitive economic development model. In the near future we will consider applying this complex technology to other plants, even though there are numerous technical challenges”, said Massimo Pasquini, CEO of the Lucart Group. “This innovative technology complements the investments in sustainable transport that will remove 2500 trucks from the roads and will reduce Co2 emissions by 75%. I would like to take this opportunity to mention that, since 2012, when we acquired the facility at Castelnuovo, we have invested over 15 million euro in it. To this, we should add the energy spent and the efforts made for the relaunch of the Tenderly brand: in a sector that experienced a negative trend in 2014, Tenderly grew by approximately 10% and so performed countertrend. The path towards commitment and growth in full respect of the environment is the path that we have chosen and the one on which we mean to keep going”.