Low-carbon solution for Trelleborg

Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a global supplier of tyres and complete wheels, having one of its facilities in Sri Lanka. Addressing the customer’s need of switching from fossil fuel to biofuels – to reduce their plant’s environmental footprint as well as improve production efficiency – Thermax’s Heating division commissioned a 12 TPH Combipac boiler with a reciprocating grate combustor on a turnkey basis. 

The unit is designed to fire rubber wood chips with high moisture content, a byproduct of their production process, available abundantly. At its full capacity under standard operating conditions, the boiler will use nearly 2,700 kg/hour of feedstock, equivalent to 830 litres of diesel, for generating 12,000 kg/ hour of steam, which is equal to 7.5 MW of effective heat delivered to the process. 

Use of biomass in place of fossil fuel such as diesel will result in a reduction of 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

 Speaking on the project, Paolo Pompei, President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems quoted in Biomass magazine, an international trade journal, “This is a key milestone project in achieving a reduction in the carbon footprint within the whole organisation—something where we have put huge investment.” He further added, “Energy is a ‘significant element’ in manufacturing costs, and the new boiler and wood chips as fuel will bring a ‘significant reduction’ to the cost of steam generation.”

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