Wilo UK Project Wins Award for Technical Innovation
Pump manufacturer Wilo UK has once again brought home an award from the Pump Industry Awards. This year it was shortlisted for two awards and won the gong for the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects category for its integrated pumping installation at the huge Palm Papers Newsprint factory near Kings Lynn.
The factory is one of the world’s largest and most efficient newsprint paper mills producing 400,000 tonnes of newsprint a year with a working width of 10.63 metres, producing around 2,000 metres of paper per minute.
The production of paper from recycled paper is an established and energy and cost efficient method of producing paper and saves hugely on the use of virgin wood from managed sources. Not only are the forests conserved, but making paper from recycled paper saves around half the energy and one third of the water needed for paper from wood pulp. In addition, the effluent and waste produced is far lower.
The new building represents a huge investment in environmentally friendly technologies and it’s a building that sets new standards when it comes to environmental performance. The total pump infrastructure in the building has been supplied by Wilo. Heating, cooling, water supply, sanitation – all supplied by Wilo in a project valued to them at around €400,000.
A paper mill is responsible for a serious amount of wastewater so a dedicated private sewage facility was built as part of the project. From this, approximately 96% of the wastewater can be recycled, meaning very little water needs to be sourced from the nearby River Ouse and the water that is put back into the river is actually cleaner than the water taken from the river originally.
This integrated pumping system illustrates the energy efficiency benefits of utilising high efficiency pumps, delivering significant operational benefits and savings – not just in the lower energy bills they deliver but in the lower maintenance costs associated with them because of their high reliability levels and in-built protection – this ensures the pumps run with minimal interference and maintenance. The lower life cycle costs associated with selecting Wilo pumps is a vital benefit to any major organisation looking to incorporate this number of pumps in an integrated system that needs to operate constantly with the minimum of fuss.
“We were extremely pleased to win this award,” says Wilo UK MD Gary Mannus. “It’s always nice to be recognised for excellence in what you do, but this was a major project that allowed us to illustrate the wide range of products we can supply and the benefits associated with integrating these different pumps on a single system – both in terms of energy savings and reduced life cycle costs for the owners of the building. It’s a major boost to the team that worked on the project and all of us here at Wilo UK. We’re delighted!”
Source: WILO SE