Potential energy improvements in a multiple-effect evaporation system: case studies of heat recovery
Daniel Ekbåge, Karlstad Research Centre, Stora Enso Pulp and Paper Asia AB, Karlstad, Sweden and Lars Nilsson, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden
The primary objective of this study was to quantify the amount of excess energy that is present in the evaporation system of an integrated pulp and paper-board mill and to analyze a number of energy recovery cases. These focus on improving the energy efficiency in the evaporation plant and are mainly based on the process data of performance tests from the full-scale production site. A computer script was developed in order to analyze the process streams and can be used to construct the Grand Composite Curve (GCC) of the evaporation system. In addition, the study identified seasonal variations in the potential excess of energy (higher in warmer weather and lower, or even non-existent, in colder) and suggestions are made as to how this energy may be used in a thermodynamically optimal way.
In the case studies, the thermodynamically optimal method of recovering heat involved a combination of sensible heat and flash evaporation, indicating the maximum reduction in steam consumption. For the case of only utilizing sensible heat outside the evaporator system to pre-heat one of the liquor flows, the results indicated a lower reduction in steam but also a lower capital cost.
Black liquor, Energy efficiency, Evaporation, Heat recovery, Kraft mills, Multiple effect evaporator, Paper mill
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