An ambitious energy project is being launched at Blue Paper in Strasbourg. Building a power plant to convert its own residual materials into energy will contribute to a more sustainable paper factory that consumes 80% less natural gas and manages its residual fractions more efficiently, therefore assuring a more competitive position for the future.
Feb 07, 2017
Blue Paper produces more than 1000 tons of packaging paper every day, based on recycled fibres. The raw material for this consists of paper and cardboard that are collected and delivered in bales. Through the recycling process reusable paper fibres are purified and separated from residual materials. The residue, amounting to some 25,000 tons annually, consists primarily of wood, textiles and other materials that are present in the bales of raw material. Blue Paper’s new production unit will convert the potential energy of this residue into steam, making optimum use of all material flows. The steam that is generated will in its turn be used to dry the new paper. In total this will save 80% of the natural gas consumption and reduce annual transport by 500 truckloads.