DS Smith, a global manufacturer of sustainable corrugated packaging materials and specialty papers, operates a power plant in Porcari, Italy, that produces electricity for the power grid and steam for an adjacent paper mill.
The power plant called on Ecolab subsidiary Nalco Water because it was experiencing ongoing challenges with intermittent, high levels of iron corrosion particles in its steam generation system. This was affecting its boilers as well as its productivity, profitability and overall operations.
Enter Nalco Water’s team of experts. They identified the source of the problem and implemented 3D TRASAR™ Technology to reduce iron oxides in the boiler water, which greatly reduced the risk of the plant being taken offline. It also led to reduced boiler water blowdown, erosion and corrosion, which lowered maintenance costs and cut water consumption, decreasing the plant’s environmental impact.
With Nalco’s help, the plant saved 14,430 m3 of water (equivalent to the drinking water needs of more than 13,000 people), and three million MJ of energy, good for a reduction of 160 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
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