University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Pulp & Paper Resources

The following case studies and resources provide more information about ways that pulp and paper mills have increased efficiencies and decreased waste.

Energy Efficiency

  • MnTAP Intern Summary: Boise Cascade (2007). The facility worked with a MnTAP intern to increase energy efficiency and reduce water by improving the compressed air system, insulating steam lines, and replacing spray nozzles.
  • MnTAP Intern Summary: Rock-Tenn Company (2004). The paper mill insulated steam and condensate lines and saved over $170,000 annually by reducing energy use.
  • Case Study: Blue Heron Paper Company (2004). This mill in Oregon uses model-based energy assessment to identify energy and cost savings opportunities. [PDF 393KB]
  • Case Study: Appleton Papers (2002). A plant-wide energy survey resulted in twenty-one recommendations for projects to reduce energy consumption and waste production and improve process efficiency. [PDF 220KB]
  • Case Study: Daishowa America (2002). By installing adjustable speed drives on just two effluent pumps allowed the company to save $42,000 annually .[PDF 207KB]
  • Case Study: Boise Cascade Mill Energy Assessment (2000). An integrated effluent heat reduction and water conservation study was performed at the plant in International Falls, Minnesota. The implementation of four projects and two process modifications are projected to remove 45.6 MM Btu/hr from the effluent. [PDF 324KB]

Water Use

  • MnTAP Intern Summary: Stora Enso Duluth Paper Mill (2002). By implementing a MnTAP intern’s recommendations, the paper mill reused water from the press section of the paper machine and saved over $700,000.

Industry Associations

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