Matrix works with many plants that cogenerate electrical power with their steam systems.
Overview of Cogeneration
Matrix Reviewing the Opportunities
There are many different configurations of steam plants with cogen systems implemented in the various industrial plants. Some can readily utilize savings in steam on the plant side to increase power generation. Many of these companies are able to sell back this increased electrical power back to the grid for an additional revenue stream for the plant. Other plants are configured differently such that energy savings translate into a reduction in overall steam generation and may therefore negatively impact their ability to generate power from savings.
Matrix Helping you Make the Business Case
Matrix works with plants to assess and qualify the various opportunities available and strives to produce the optimal business case for conversion to a superior steam distribution and condensate return system utilizing permanent venturis. Venturis are made of stainless steel which makes them an excellent and very reliable choice for the role of drip legs in these systems. Matrix provides the technical expertise in qualifying these applications and provides ongoing technical support.
Kimberly-Clark was Matrix’ second client in October, 2001. They used Matrix venturis initially in their cogeneration system. First implemented on their soot blowers because of their superior performance in keeping the steam dry, Kimberly-Clark began a program of systematically replacing drip legs to Matrix venturis. The result of this conversion was reliability and improved efficiency.
Ed Longosky was a strong advocate of Matrix venturis throughout the tissue mill up until the mill closed in 2012.
Grays harbor paper (currently called Harbor Paper) was the first client for matrix in August, 2001. The first use was in their cogen system on their soot blowers. Years later in 2007, Grays Harbor hired Matrix to perform a Steam System Analysis that resulted in a plan to convert the plant to Matrix venturis in phases.
Matrix venturis have resulted in drier steam, reliability, savings in water measured in an increase of returned condensate. Matrix was helpful in identifying the root cause of some flooding issues they had been plagued with for decades.
Matrix continues today to work with Harbor paper to resume the conversion of the mill.