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pulp and paper energy management and biomass cogeneration plant optimization solution VisualMesa

Pulp and Paper Mill & Biomass Cogeneration Optimal Energy Solution

Optimization Benefits

Reducing Energy Cost against Greenhouse Gas Emissions* to help meet Environmental Sustainability Goals

Manage Steam, Fuel, Electricity & Cooling Water

Optimizing Energy Cost within Emissions Constraints

Optimizing Cogeneration Operation & Power Sales

Actionable Results that Reduces Energy Spend by 1 to 6%

Attractive ROI (typical payback under 1 year)

Energy Real-Time Optimizer (ERTO)

Online system for utilities management

Allows operators and engineers to have detailed coverage in four distinct areas:

  1. Monitoring: Monitoring the steam, electric, water and fuel systems. Assists in steam system management by monitoring all variables and provides warnings of important changes.
  2. Optimization: Optimizes the production and use of steam, fuel and power to reduce costs. Recommends how to operate the utility system at minimum cost solving the mixed-integer and discrete non-linear optimization problem with an SQP-based method.
  3. "What If?" Planning: Predicts how the fuel, power and steam will respond to proposed changes, such as turbine maintenance, a new cogen steam process or change of process, shutdowns, etc. using current, historical, or user-defined data.
  4. Auditing, Accounting and Data Validation: Auditing the system with continuously validated data. Mass Balance closure is determined at every location where enough instrumentation is available.

Pulp and Paper Mill & Biomass Cogeneration

  • Pulp Mill Steam Users - Digester, Washer & Screener, Bleacher, Press & Bry
  • Paper Mill Steam Users - Head Box, Sheet Formers, Press Dry, Calender Stock
  • Switchable Pumps - Demineralizer, Cooling Water
  • Cooling Water System; Pumps Running & Fan Speeds
  • Steam Generation - HP Boilers, Recovery Boilers, Cogeneration
  • Electricity Generation
  • Fuel Consumption & Emissions - Natural Gas, Bark, Black Liquor, Fuel Oil
  • Biomass Cogeneration Operation & Bioenergy Power Sales
  • Cogeneration Turbines Maintenance, Startup or Shutdown


Pulp & Paper Mill energy cost is a major, variable, operating expense and Biomass Cogeneration Plants, while meeting mill power and steam requirements, presents potential opportunity for additional revenue stream.

VisualMesa Energy Management and Optimization system, using best in class technology, determines how to manage your fuel, steam, turbine loading & maintenance and much more reliably and provides significant cost savings through the economic optimization.

The VisualMesa system is an Operator Tool. A real-time model, which considers plant control strategies and system reaction to changes in the utilities, gives operators direct advice on how best to operate complex, interactive systems to minimize cost. Operators receive advice on how to set cogeneration steam production, chilled water supply and the export of steam.

In addition, maybe used for optimizing real-time cogeneration power sales to the grid.

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Slide 1 Optimizing Pulp & Paper Mill Utilities
Pulp & Paper Mill Energy & Emissions† Optimization
Detailed Model of Pulp & Paper Mill, Evaporator, Digester
Real-time Energy Optimization Considering all Constraints
Optimize Boiler Fuel Mix Options within Emissions
Biomass: Bark & Sawdust, Black Liquor, De-inking Sludge
Supplement: Natural Gas, Fuel Oil, Residual Oil
Enhances Cross Department Collaboration

Slide 2 Optimize Integrated Biomass Cogeneration
Optimizing Steam and Power for Site Demand
Optimize Boiler Fuel Mix Options within Emissions
Optimizing Power Production for Sales to the Grid.
Recommends Minimum Cost Operation
Suggest Optimal Dispatch of Power
"What If" Studies: Predict the Impact of Proposed Changes
Provides Auditing, Accounting & Data Validation

Slide 3 Powerful Energy Management User Interface
Single UI for Monitoring Steam, Electric Power, Fuel & Water
View Emissions from Equipment to Site-Wide Level
Schematic Flow Modeling of Plant System
View Equipment Details & Trend Charts by Clicking on Any Equipment, Meter, or Header on the Schematic
Detailed & Summary View of Optimized Solution
Detailed Report of Recommended Operational Changes

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