In order to increase energy efficiency of its tissue production lines, Sofidel SpA in Italy has ordered two Advantage ReTurne energy recovery systems from Valmet. The system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.
The order is included in Valmet‘s second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
This will be Sofidel’s second and third installation of the innovative energy saving solution and will be installed at Delicarta mill’s TM2 in Italy and Delitissue mill Poland. The first Advantage ReTurne installation started up at Sofidel’s Delicarta mill in Valdottavo, Italy in 2014 and proved to fully meet the expectations right from the start.
For Sofidel it is important to find new innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of its production. The company has joined Climate Savers, the international program promoted by WWF, to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases using innovative strategies and technologies.
“The first installation of Valmet’s Advantage ReTurne energy saving system has been a positive experience for us. Its energy saving capabilities turned out to be better than we hoped for. Therefore we have decided to improve the energy efficiency in two more of our tissue machines,” says Simone Capuano, Vice Chief Technical Officer, Sofidel.
“Energy saving is high on our customers’ agendas, and we are working hard to develop energy efficiency in our new and existing tissue making solutions. Our high expectations on the first Advantage ReTurne system were substantially exceeded. We are thus convinced that the two new installations will be as successful as the first one, and will help Sofidel reach its environmental targets,” says Johan Björn, Sales Director EMEA, Valmet.
The Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system is installed in the forming section. It is unique in that sense that it recovers 50% of the energy from the headbox drainage water and via a generator converts it into electrical power which is supplied to the sectional drives. The Advantage ReTurne does not affect the formation of the paper or the tissue making process, it is easy to handle and has low maintenance need. This new innovation is very efficient in both new and existing tissue machines.
In the picture: Valmet’s Advantage ReTurne recovers energy from the Headbox jet stream and returns it back to the process as electrical power.