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DOE Announces Three New Forest Products Industry Research & Development Projects

December 21, 2005

The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) within the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced plans to put $2.2 million toward three new research projects to save energy in the Forest Products industry. One of these cost-shared projects will validate advanced dewatering technologies at the pilot scale, while the other two will assess the technical and commercial feasibility of next-generation manufacturing concepts.

Energy-intensive U.S. industries need a continuous infusion of innovative technologies to help them reduce energy use and compete in global markets. ITP conducts open, competitive solicitations to encourage these industries to research and develop advanced, energy-efficient technologies that show strong potential for commercial success. The projects to be added to DOE's R&D portfolio for the Forest Products Industry are summarized below:

Pilot-Scale Validation of Displacement Dewatering
Partner: Voith Paper, Appleton, WI
DOE Funding Level: $2 million over 3 years
Industry Cost Share: 50%
This project will design and build a displacement press that can produce a paper web with 65% press solids. Drying is one of the most energy-intensive steps in papermaking, and if the new technology is successful, drying energy could be reduced by more than 30%.
Technical Contact: Dave Beck, 920-968-4861

Integration of Black Liquor Gasification and the Mini-Sulfide Sulfite Anthraquinone (MSS-AQ) Pulping Process in a Pulp Mill
Partner: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
DOE Funding Level: $100,000 (1-year project)
Industry Cost Share: 44%
This project will define a next-generation mill process that integrates black liquor gasification, gas cleanup technology, and MSS-AQ pulping. MSS-AQ is an alternative to the Kraft pulping process with the potential to significantly increase yields and reduce energy consumption.
Technical Contact: Hasan Jameel, 919-515-7739

Direct Causticizing for Black Liquor Gasification in a Circulating Fluidized Bed
Partner: Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA
DOE Funding Level: $100,000 (1-year project)
Industry Cost Share: 20%
This project will examine the viability of combining black liquor gasification with titanate direct causticizing in a pressurized, circulating fluidized bed (CFB) reactor. Successful implementation of direct causticizing will allow pulp mills to eliminate the energy-intensive lime kiln.
Technical Contact: Scott Sinquefield, 404-385-0241