Varel trials climate protection module: Wind power generates steam for paper machines

Clean wind power is an important building block in working towards climate neutrality – but what if there is too much power in the grid? Since 2019, Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) has been employing a power-to-heat module that can use wind power peaks to generate up to 10% of the steam needed for paper production. This delivers direct savings on natural gas and thus CO₂ emissions. If there is plentiful green electricity in the regional grid, the module can flexibly draw on it, making the supply directly usable without incurring losses due to the conversion of electric power into hydrogen. Even though the technology for the electrification of heat generation in the paper industry has been impressive in recent years, the charges and levies on electricity from renewable sources has proved to be a sobering factor and an impediment for the industry.

Ziele des Projektes

• Trialling of electrically powered steam generation 
• Further flexibilisation of the company’s own power plants
• Trialling of the contribution that system flexibility can make to the stabilisation of the electricity grid

Kristian Evers, shareholder of Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV)

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Partnerships

Collaboration with regional energy supplier EWE in joint project ENERA.

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