Increasing the use of internal fuel eliminating fossil fuels
Starting in the spring of 2015, substantial investments were made to replace fossil fuels with bark. This was achieved by installing a feeding system allowing tight control of the weight and the feed rate. Since 2012, the mill has been taking systematic steps to reduce the use of fossil fuels. In 2014, around 20% of the energy for the lime kiln came from fuel oil. Södra Cell Mönsterås has long used a unique process to fuel the kiln with bark, but this is problematic because the material is very abrasive, has a high risk of self-ignition and makes it difficult to maintain an even flow rate (like many other solid materials). Since the supply of good quality bark was a bottleneck in production, a new lifters section was installed in order to increase the heat transfer from the flue gas to the lime mud. The concept of using bark, a mill by-product, is very appealing. In this way, Södra is contributing to the circular economy and reducing the carbon footprint from production in several ways. Firstly through the substitution itself, and secondly by the savings on production and transport of the fuel.
The project consisted of two parts: to enable a high amount of bark to be fired in the lime kiln, and to lower the energy demand of the lime kiln by increasing heat transfer. The overall goal was to increase the use of internal fuels thereby eliminating fossil fuels.GO BACK TO GOOD PRACTICES