Valmet’s new online ash analyzer offers significant operational savings and improved recovery boiler availability

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on April 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet has developed an innovative solution to reduce forced boiler shutdowns, caused by superheater corrosion or boiler plugging, and provide guidance for ash treatment and sootblowing need. The new Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer measures the ash composition at the electrostatic precipitator (ESP) and determines the ash melting temperatures which describe the corrosiveness and stickiness of ash.

A new Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) application, Valmet Ash Balance Advisor, is an additional option to maximize the Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer’s advantages and optimize ash treatment for significant cost savings in sodium make-up. Operators are provided with an online view of ash balance and boiler operation with real-time indicators of fouling and corrosion risks, which helps to achieve cost-effective ash treatment amount or dump volume.

Optimized operation

Until now, ash treatment has typically been a batch operation based on infrequent laboratory tests with no standard criteria of when to start treating or dumping ash.

"The problem with laboratory measurements is that samples are taken so seldom, and the results are often incomplete and cannot be used for optimal control. Now, with the online analyzer, control of actual ash chemistry is possible and boiler cleaning together with operational costs can be optimized on a continuous basis," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer

The Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer measures the complete chemical balance including ESP ash pH, carbonate (CO3), sulfate (SO4), chloride (Cl), potassium (K) and sodium (Na) concentrations as well as calculating ash melting temperatures T0, T15 and T70. The ESP ash sample is taken from the ash drop shoot after the ash conveyor by a robust stainless-steel sampler, dissolved in water, and transferred to the analyzer where chemical analyses and ash melting temperature calculations are made. Comprehensive diagnostics and secure Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) ready capabilities ensure reliable and dependable results with intuitive access to measurement operation and remote services from Valmet.

Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer

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For further information, please contact:
Timo Laurila, Automation, Valmet, tel. +358400922442

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

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