On June 2012 Kronospan Luxembourg launched the activities linked to the project “Factory of the Future: Demonstration of the production of wood panels with near-zero environmental footprint”, developed in the frame of the EU Life+ programme.
This project aims at demonstrating that the environmental footprint of the firm can be strongly reduced, while the production volume and quality is maintained, and that such a production plant is economically viable.
This goal can be achieved by:
Concretely, the aim is to:
Kronospan is working together with the project partner CRP Henri Tudor, who provides support in the analysis and tests of the plant performance. At CRP Henri Tudor, the project is carried out by the Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE), which is one of the Centre’s departments. The FoF goals and methodology are in line with CRTE’s overall approach of an optimized management of substance and energy flows.
To achieve the highly ambitious goals set by this project, the partners intend to reach a synergy through the combination of innovative technologies and best practices. These best practices consist of:
The installation and construction of the CHP unit will not be part of the project, but the integration and the parameterization will be covered.
The Factory of the Future will be realised in 3 phases:
During the first phase Kronospan and CRP Henri Tudor will study the current production in order to determine the exact state of the production lines with respect to the objectives. The analysis will focus on the thermal energy consumption, the electrical energy consumption and the town water consumption. The objective is to assess how much the energy efficiency can be improved and how much resources can be produced and recovered directly on the site. This phase was finalised in June 2013.
The implementation actions will consist in applying the measures needed in order to reduce the water footprint and the carbon footprint of the facility. These will include:
The monitoring of the impact of the project actions will be fully implemented between July 2013 and October 2015.
The project will finish on October 31st 2015.
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