Biomass-fueled Brazilian Pulp Mill connecting to Grid with help of Hitachi Energy

March 22, 2022
Once completed in the second half of 2024, Suzano says, the mill will be Brazil’s first fossil fuel-free pulp production facility

Hitachi Energy will design and deliver a complete grid connection solution for eucalyptus pulp producer Suzano’s new mill in Brazil.

Once completed in the second half of 2024, the mill will be Brazil’s first fossil fuel-free pulp production facility. The plant will be powered by biomass-fueled heat and power, according to reports.

About half of the electricity generated will be transferred to the national power grid. It will be sufficient to supply around 2.3 million people for a month.

“We are honored and delighted to be working with Suzano again on this landmark project that sets a new benchmark in sustainable pulp production and shares its emission-free electricity with society at large,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “This is another example of how our solutions are advancing the world's energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure.”

Hitachi will provide a grid connection solution to facilitate a reliable, safe and secure transfer of the surplus renewable energy to the national power grid. The Hitachi Energy digital monitoring system will be deployed to provide real-time data and performance insights and facilitate predictive maintenance.

The solution will offer excellent performance in terms of availability and efficiency and minimize the total lifecycle cost and CO2 footprint.

Suzano’s Engineering Director Mauricio Miranda said, “The construction of the new factory is the biggest investment in Suzano’s history, so it is vital that the grid connection through which we generate additional revenue from our surplus energy operates at outstanding levels of reliability and availability. We chose Hitachi Energy as our technology partner based on more than 20 years of successful collaboration and consistent delivery of innovative, reliable solutions and exceptional project execution.”

Andritz is supplying a significant part of the plant components for the pulp mill. Those include a heat recovery boiler, a steam boiler and other sections.