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Energy Innovations from Coast to Coast

In addition to fibre, the primary inputs into the papermaking process are water, chemicals and energy. It comes as no surprise, then, that reducing energy costs and consumption sits at the very top of just about every forest products company's priority list. Today's Energy Track session showcased some of the most recent initiatives from leading researchers in the area of energy management and efficiency.

Serge Bedard

The session was moderated by Serge Bedard of Natural Resources Canada, who introduced the event's speakers. Eric Gingras, a senior industry specialist at Natural Resources Canada was the first, and he provided participants with an overview of the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation – CIPEC. The initiative is an industry/government partnership that promotes voluntary efforts to reduce industrial energy use through the sharing of best practices, the identification of solutions and opportunities and recognition for achieving certain benchmarks. Eric Gingras also presented a certification, "Energy star for Industry" which allows a brand to be recognized for verifiable energy achievements. One of the advantages of this recognition, Gingras notes, is the forum it creates for companies to talk to each other and compare their energy performance, by using sector-specific benchmarks. Gingras took the opportunity to inform participants about an upcoming 2018 Energy Summit, to be held in May 2018 in Vaughan, ON. While not exclusively focused on the forest sector, the event will be of interest to anyone looking to improve their energy efficiency. More information can be found at: www.energy2018.ca

Eric Gingras

Lawrence Yane of Enerquin Air presented work undertaken by his company on heat recovery from turbo blower exhaust. Emphasizing the importance of heat recovery to the industry, he noted that, "each heat recover application is unique and requires a specific analysis to identify and quality the available heat sources, heat sinks and the best way to maximize the energy transfer while minimizing the capital investment. Yane walked participants through a specific case study of a turbo exhaust fan and noted that:

  • Turbo blower exhaust contains a tremendous amount of recoverable heat (high dry bulb temperature);
  • Turbo blower heat recovery can be easily achieved using well-established technology;
  • Heat recovery potential can be projected fairly accurately using models for turbo exhaust air flow; and,
  • Return on investment is normally one to three years depending on energy costs and heat sinks.

Lawrence Yane

In a presentation on the transition to a low-carbon economy entitled ''Monitoring energy efficiency projects: tracking direct and indirect impacts',' Zoé Perin-Levasseur from CanmetENERGY at Natural Resources Canada, described how the optimization of energy usage is essential to reducing operating costs, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and generating new revenue for pulp and paper mills. Zoé Perin-Levasseur highlighted results from the monitoring activities undertaken by partnerships developed by FPInnovations and CanmetENERGY. "At the end of 2017, a total of15 energy optimization studies had been completed and three were underway. Together, this represents potential energy savings and additional power generation revenues of $55 million per year, as well as a potential direct and indirect greenhouse gas emission reduction of 700 kilotonnes per year. Perin-Levasseur noted the proven necessity for successful energy efficiency studies to monitor and measure the impacts of energy recommendations over time.

Zoé Perin-Levasseur

Mathieu Régnier, Journalist,
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