Process waste heat upgrading by vapor compression heat pump with piston compressors in the paper industry

Owned by Felix Schoeller
Technology Provider: Sustainable Process Heat GmbH
Coordinated by Fraunhofer

Felix Schoeller GmbH & Co.KG is one of the largest manufacturers in Europe dedicated to the production of technical and speciality paper. Headquartered in Osnabrueck, Felix Schoeller is a globally active family-owned company founded in 1895. With more than 3,703 employees at 19 locations in 11 countries, Felix Schoeller develops, produces and markets speciality papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market, self-adhesive applications and for the furniture, wood-based panel and wallpaper industries.

The speciality paper factory of the group in Weißenborn is located in the free state of Saxony in Germany. 700 employees on that side are producing around 100,000 t of paper per year. Weißenborn offers the entire production process from paper production (PM4) over different surface finishing Extruder (ET9, ET10) and Coater (C5, C6) to converting possibilities according to our customers’ needs. The main products are photo-, inkjet- and release papers.
Currently, steam is produced by means of a central boiler that burns natural gas. With a consumption of nearly 130.000 MWh/a of steam, the paper machine has the main energy demand in the mill. The majority of the heat is used for the drying process.