Sheets “best practices” that you are about to see come from a work that has been conducted within the framework of the European ECOINFLOW project (www.ecoinflow.com). The aim of this 3-year project is to promote better energy management in sawmills in order to reduce their energy bills and help to achieve national goals for 2020. ECOINFLOW is coordinated by the Norsk Treteknisk Institute. It involves 6 countries and 12 partners.
The following factsheets provide a detailed summary on various themes of input obtained through the visit of twenty mills participating in this project. These virtuous practices are grouped around 10 records classified by key sectors of sawmills energy business: process, drying, boiler and energy management.
Each sheet is built in a common presentation frame:
• Installation overview and issues,
• Technical description of the device(s) providing different configurations observed in each sawmill,
• Potential gains: energy savings, other improvements, reproducibility and possible points to note (difficulties, advanced installation advice, limitations).
For each factsheet, the levels of investment required both human and financial, are specified using visual criteria (from low to high). The return on investment is estimated according to the following criteria: short, medium and long term.*