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Energy Efficiency in Paper Processing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab | Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory

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Agenda 2020 partnered with Livermore and Berkeley labs to optimize one of the most energy-intensive steps in the papermaking process—drying the wet paper pulp.

Impact

iconComputation helps boost energy efficiency in paper processing.
iconDecreasing energy usage could save the industry up to 80 trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) per year and as much as $250 million annually.
iconLeveraging the laboratories’ advanced simulation capabilities, Agenda 2020 developed a model to study how to increase paper dryness after pressing and before the final drying stage.
iconThe multiphysics modeling framework can capture paper de-watering behaviors that can inform designs of more energy-efficient processes and equipment.

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