Valmet's new innovative energy recovery system exceeded expectations at Sofidel SPA in Italy

Valmet Corporation's trade press release on November 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EET

In order to increase energy efficiency of tissue production lines, Valmet has developed the Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system. This system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.

The first installation of Valmet's new innovation was recently started up at Sofidel's mill Delicarta Valdottavo, Italy and has already proved to fully meet the expectations. 

Sofidel is the first Italian company and the first toilet paper and household tissue company in the world to have joined Climate Savers, the international program promoted by WWF, to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, using innovative strategies and technologies. It is therefore important to find new innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of their production.

"The first installation of the 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 and well in line with our target to further reduce our CO2 emissions before the end of 2020," Simone Capuano, Vice Chief Technical Officer, Sofidel.

"We had high expectations of the results from the first installation of the Advantage ReTurne system which was substantially exceeded. The installation went smoothly and the machine was running at full speed within five days. But the most exiting was that the energy recovery proved to be above guaranteed level," Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Valmet 

Technical information

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 to electrical power which supplies the sectional drives. The Advantage ReTurne do 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 most efficient installed in new or existing tissue machines.

Image: Valmet's Advantage ReTurne recovers energy from the Headbox jet stream and returns it back to the process as electrical power.

Information about Sofidel

The Sofidel Group is, today, the second largest European manufacturer of tissue paper (paper products for sanitary and domestic use) and the sixth largest in the world. It was founded over 45 years ago (1966) and today boasts 27 subsidiaries in 13 countries - Italy, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey and the USA. It has about 5000 employees and a consolidated turnover of € 1,699 million (2013) and a capacity of over a million tonnes a year.

Corporate Communications

For further information, please contact:
Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet, Tel. +46 705 17 14 90
Johan Björn, Sales Manager, Valmet, Tel. +46 703  17 12 16

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.

The company has over 200 years of industrial history and was reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group in December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2013 were approximately EUR 2.6 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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