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Energy Conservation Potential of an Energy Audit within the Pulp and Paper Industry in Morocco

Abstract : An energy audit is a primary step toward improving energy efficiency at the facility level and ensuring a clean production. The pulp and paper sector is one of the most energy-intensive industries in Morocco. This article aimed at identifying energy conservation opportunities at a Small and Medium-sized paper industry. The audit results together with their financial viability are presented regarding the analysis of energy consumption and electrical quality issues. The paper introduces an action plan for a more efficient energy use of some specific applications such as furnaces and compressed-air installations as well. The recommended energy efficiency measures have the potential of saving about 347.85 MWh of electrical energy and 101.78 MWh of thermal energy corresponding to reductions of 11.48% and 2.22%, respectively. The total investments related to the application of the action plan is approximately 290.53 kMAD and the global payback period does not exceed one year. It was also shown that a total quantity of 283.39 t of CO2 emissions can be saved annually.
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Ali Boharb, Amine Allouhi, Rahman Saidur, Tarik Kousksou, Abdelmajid Jamil. Energy Conservation Potential of an Energy Audit within the Pulp and Paper Industry in Morocco. Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, 2017, 149, pp.569-581. ⟨10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.090⟩. ⟨hal-02153458⟩



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