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A Heat Recovery Steam Generator – A First at Cascades

Main tank and pumping system.


Major work was carried out at the Mechanicville Tissue Group plant last fall, where Cascades’ very first steam generator was installed. The system is composed mainly of a heat exchanger that uses energy from hot exhaust from the paper machine’s hood to produce steam. A simplified diagram of the process is presented below.

PHOTO: Simplified representation of the steam generating system installed at the Mechanicville plant

The exchanger is at the heart of a condensate pumping network, which consists of vapour-liquid separators, hot gas dampers and an automated control system for optimal, independent and safe production.

Interesting facts:

Since this is a first at Cascades, the risk of complications and underperformance is high. Plant Manager Philippe Bourassa and the employees at the Mechanicville plant agreed to take on the challenge, which is already paying off in regard to energy efficiency and a reduction in natural gas consumption. The project is being assessed for future implementation at other Cascades Tissue Group plants.