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Aeration system cuts energy costs at Canfor’s Taylor, B.C., pulp mill (June 21, 2010)

June 21, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Canfor’s Taylor Pulp mill has purchased two microbubble aeration systems from Seair Inc. The purchase comes af…

Canfor’s Taylor Pulp mill has purchased two microbubble aeration systems from Seair Inc. The purchase comes after an extensive period of testing and energy efficiency verification in conjunction with BC Hydro, during which it was confirmed the Seair system reduces the energy required by the mill’s effluent system by 3,800 megawatt hours per year. Seair notes that the expected savings in energy reduction alone will be in the range of $285,000 annually using current BC Hydro tier 2 pricing, equivalent to a 12 month payback purely on energy savings.
Seair’s aeration have a small footprint, which makes them versatile and easy to fit within existing facilities.
Craig Thomson, energy and environmental supervisor at the Canfor mill, notes: “We purchased our first Seair unit three years ago and continue to be impressed with its performance, reliability, and efficiency. With these additional units we believe we have obtained the optimal balance for our aeration system. Our mill is proof that environmental stewardship and superior economics are not mutually exclusive.”
Harold Kinasewich, Seair’s president and CEO, adds, “The Taylor mill is the first full Seair implementation at a pulp mill. However, with BC Hydro’s continued support, we are presently demonstrating Seair’s solutions at a number of other mills and we look forward to additional full implementations.”
Seair is a developer of patent-protected diffusion and sterilization technologies, which allow for the efficient diffusion of gases into liquids, thereby facilitating numerous applications in a wide variety of industries, including wastewater treatment, pulp and paper production, food processing, aquaculture, agriculture/horticulture, sterilization, golf course irrigation and pond treatment, animal enhancement and oil and gas.


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