Crossflow filtration of green liquor for increased pulp production, improved green liquor quality, and energy savings, TAPPI JOURNAL October 2020

Application: The patented and trademarked CleanFlow system is a technology designed to increase the capacity of a kraft mill recausticizing plant. Crossflow ceramic membranes are used to filter a portion of the green liquor, debottlenecking the existing green liquor clarifiers’ filters. The liquor quality is improved by reducing the buildup of NPEs. CleanFlow can also be implemented to filter white liquor, either the entire stream for improved pulp quality or just a portion, such as with preparing oxidized white liquor for pulp delignification after cooking, or for scrubbing of bleaching system vents.

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Author: Rohan Bandekar, Anna Oldmark, Mikael Lindstrom, Lennart Kallen, Jakob Liedberg, Jon Foan Jim Wearing
Crossflow filtration of green liquor for increased pulp prod
ABSTRACT: A new green liquor filtration system has been installed and commissioned at the Ence pulp mill in Pontevedra, Spain. The filtration system is based on microfiltration and was developed in collaboration with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The patented method for efficient purification of green liquor decreases the non-process element (NPE) content by providing more efficient solids/liquid separation, reducing energy and chemical consumption in pulp mills and increasing production capacity by eliminating certain capacity bottlenecks. The process has been continuously tested at the Aspa Bruk Mill outside Askersund, Sweden, since 2013. The technology has proven to create nearly particulate-free green liquor during the purification process. The technology can also be used to polish white liquor to provide higher pulp quality.To provide for a simple and cost-effective installation, the system was designed as a skid-mounted unit that is pre-piped, instrumented, and tested before shipment. The system is modular and allows for easy expansion of capacity. This paper discusses the process design, process integration, and startup of the new system, along with experiences from the first months of operation.

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