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Title:
SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING ENERGY AT A PULP MILL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2003/104547
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a spent liquor recovery boiler system comprising a boiler having a water/steam circulation system having superheaters and a furnace for recovering energy and chemicals from spent liquor combusted therein, the walls of the boiler being formed of a plurality of water-cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system. The system is provided with at least one cavity having walls formed of water-cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system, means for combusting a fuel and at least one outlet for discharging combustion gases to the boiler, the interior of the at least one cavity being provided with heat exchanger means for final superheating of the steam generated in the boiler, said heat exchanger means being connected to the superheaters of the boiler.

Inventors:
SAVIHARJU KARI (FI)
SIMONEN JORMA (US)
ARPALAHTI OLLI (FI)
KOIVISTO LASSE (FI)
Application Number:
PCT/FI2003/000447
Publication Date:
December 18, 2003
Filing Date:
June 06, 2003
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ANDRITZ OY (FI)
SAVIHARJU KARI (FI)
SIMONEN JORMA (US)
ARPALAHTI OLLI (FI)
KOIVISTO LASSE (FI)
International Classes:
D21C11/12; F22B31/04; F22B37/14; F23G5/46; F23G7/04; F23M5/08; F24H1/00; (IPC1-7): D21C11/12
Domestic Patent References:
WO1992018690A11992-10-29
Foreign References:
US5509997A1996-04-23
US5855736A1999-01-05
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ANDRITZ OY (P.O. Box 500, Kotka, FI)
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Claims:
CLAIMS :
1. A spent liquor recovery boiler system, comprising: a boiler having a water/steam circulation system having superheaters and a furnace for recovering energy and chemicals from spent liquor combusted therein, the walls of the boiler being formed of a plurality water cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system, characterized in that the system is provided with at least one cavity having walls formed of water cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system, means for combusting a fuel and at least one outlet for discharging combustion gases to the boiler, the interior of the at least one cavity being provided with heat exchanger means for final superheating of the steam generated in the boiler, said heat exchanger means being connected to the superheaters of the boiler.
2. A system according to claim 1, characterized in that part of the walls of the at least one cavity is formed of the walls of the boiler.
3. A system according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the at least one cavity is located on the front wall of the boiler.
4. A system according to claim 1,2 or 3, characterized in that the at least one outlet for combustion gases is connected to the boiler so that the combustion gases from the at least one cavity are discharged immediately upstream of the superheaters of the boiler.
Description:
SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING ENERGY AT A PULP MILL In chemical pulp mills the cooking chemicals of a pulping process are recovered from black liquor by firing the black liquor in a recovery boiler alone or together with other "waste"streams. The firing process is exothermic and the released energy is recovered as pressurized superheated steam. The steam energy is recovered in a steam turbine in form of electric power and low-pressure steam for process needs.

Traditionally, energy is produced in a pulp mill by combusting black liquor in a recovery boiler, and wood wastes and bark in an auxiliary boiler. The bark of the wood raw material and the organic substance of generated black liquor together normally supply the entire energy demand of the pulp mill. If more energy is needed in the pulp mill, additional fuel may be purchased. The additional fuel is combusted with the wood bark in the auxiliary boiler. Conventionally, energy is produced in a pulp mill in the following way: a recovery boiler and an auxiliary boiler, wherein waste wood bark from the mill is combusted to generate superheated high-pressure steam. The generated steam is forced through a backpressure steam turbine (s) and the released steam is used to provide heat for the mill. The turbine and a generator connected thereto produce electricity needed to power the mill.

Wood contains small amounts of potassium (K) and chlorine (CI). These elements remain in the black liquor during cooking. In the recovery boiler, these elements are enriched into the fly ash and increase the corrosiveness of the flue gas especially in the superheater. The corrosiveness of Cl and K increase with temperature. The corrosiveness of Cl and K impose an upper temperature limit on the steam generated in the recovery boiler. This limit for the superheated steam temperature is typically 400° to 490°C, depending on the content of chlorine and potassium. With special materials or with liquors having a very low Cl and K content, steam temperatures up to 520°C have been used. Because the corrosiveness of Cl and K generally require the temperature of the superheated steam to be held relatively low, the steam pressure is also low. These temperature limitations result in low power yield from the heat generated in the recovery boiler, as compared to normal power boilers fuelled by coal, natural gas or oil.

These temperature limitations on the steam in a recovery boiler are not as strictly valid with bark originating from logs, but the fly ash from bark combustion in a bark boiler may also contain chlorine and potassium. As the sulfur content of bark is very low, potassium reacts in the bark boiler with chlorine and forms KCI K and Cl, which in turn may result in superheater corrosion. Calorimetric flow in bark is also much lower than in the black ("waste") liquor flow, due to much lower mass flow.

New power cycles developed to replace the traditional recovery boiler and steam turbine cycle have been studied, and pressurized gasification of"waste"liquor and bark appears to have promising possibilities. However, much more development appears to be needed before these technologies have the necessary reliability and performance.

Anyway, efficient systems have not, to the best of our knowledge, been developed for increasing the temperature and pressure of superheated steam produced at a recovery boiler plant of a pulp mill in such a way that no corrosion occurs or the rate corrosion is at acceptable levels. Thus, according to the present invention, a system is provided for increasing the power yield in energy production at a pulp mill so that corrosion problems can be minimized. A further object of the invention is to provide a compact system, in which heat is recovered efficiently when high temperature and high pressure steam is produced.

For achieving the objects mentioned hereinabove the invention relates to a spent liquor recovery boiler system comprising a boiler having a water/steam circulation system having superheaters and a furnace for recovering energy and chemicals from spent liquor combusted therein, the walls of the boiler being formed of a plurality of water- cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system. It is a characteristic feature of the system according to the invention that the system is provided with at least one cavity having walls formed of water-cooled tubes connected to the water/steam circulation system of the recovery boiler, means for combusting a fuel and at least one outlet for discharging combustion gases to the boiler, the interior of the at least one cavity being provided with heat exchanger means for final superheating of the steam generated in the boiler, said heat exchanger means being connected to the superheaters of the boiler.

According to the system of the invention at least one combustion cavity is provided in connection with a recovery boiler for the final superheating of steam produced in the superheater section of the recovery boiler. The system of the invention allows that the steam is heated in the conventional heat transfer sections (i. e. economizers, boiler bank, and superheaters) of the recovery boiler into such a degree that high temperature corrosion does not substantially take place, i. e. below 520 °C, optimally 480-500 °C, and after that the steam is final superheated to 500-600 °C, optimally to 520-560 °C in the combustion cavity, which serves as a final superheater. The recovery boiler system can be provided with one or more final superheater (cavities). The fuel burned in the final superheater/s is such that it does not cause high temperature corrosion.

The walls of the superheater cavity are designed as water-cooled heat transfer surfaces, which are connected to the main water/steam circulation system of the recovery boiler through connection pipes for the incoming water/steam-water mixture and outgoing water/steam-water mixture. Thus, the heat surfaces form a part of the main water system of the recovery boiler. The main water system and consequently the water system of the superheater cavity can be of natural circulation type or forced circulation or so called once-through, the last-mentioned being typical for the highest steam/water pressures. In natural circulation boilers this means that cooling water is fed via downcomers from a drum down to headers feeding the walls of the cavity or cavities, and water-steam mixture from these walls is collected and fed into the drum.

The cavity can have separate walls of its own, but part of the walls of the cavity or part of the walls of the cavities can be common with the"conventional"part of the boiler.

The interior of the cavity is provided with heat exchanger means for heat transfer from the combustion gas produced in the cavity to the steam flowing in the heat exchanger means. The heat exchanger means serve as a final superheater for the steam from the superheater section of the recovery boiler.

The optimum location for the cavity is the front wall, which is opposite to the"bullnose" wall, but the cavity can be built on sidewalls too, either as one cavity, or as several ones. The location or locations of the cavity or the cavities can be in the vertical direction anywhere, in relation to the conventional part of the boiler, limited only by the cooling water circulation.

The superheater cavity for the final superheating of the recovery boiler steam is heated by burning fuel. A burner or burners for the fuel are located at the top of the cavity, at the bottom of the cavity, or on the walls of the cavity. The cavity can also be located in a horizontal position, when the most preferred location for the burner or the burners is on one end wall of the cavity.

The combustion air system of the superheater cavity is a part of the combustion air system of the recovery boiler. It may also have a separate air system with an air fan of its own, connection ducts between the fan and the burner (s) and any necessary equipment for the combustion air control.

The superheater cavity for the final superheating of the recovery boiler steam is heated by burning fuel in such a manner that noncorrosive conditions in the superheater cavity are guaranteed. The fuel can be a gas produced by gasifying biomass. The corrosion of heat surfaces can be avoided by additional combustion of sulfurous fuel. Also the cleaning of the gas before the combustion in the superheater cavity guarantees noncorrosive conditions at higher temperatures. Instead of the gas produced from biomass other fuels can be used, e. g. natural gas, LPG, liquefied biomass, methanol, etc. The criterion for the fuel is the noncorrosive nature under the cavity conditions. The fuel combustion in the cavity is normally complete with optimized amount of excess air, but stoichiometric or reducing conditions are also possible, if preferable.

The offgases of the superheater cavity are led into the recovery boiler, preferably to the inlet of the main superheater where they are mixed with the main gas stream coming from the boiler furnace. Other locations for the gas connection are possible as well : the whole area from the lower part of the furnace to the inlet of the economizer. The offgas connection through the boiler wall comprises preferably more than one opening.

The flue gases from the superheater cavity may be used to shape a flue gas flow pattern, from the furnace of the recovery boiler over the bull nose to improve gas distribution and heat transfer into the superheaters, or to generate conditions required for emission control, such as the optimum temperature window for selective non- catalytic reduction (SNCR) to reduce NOX emissions, or for particle size growth to reduce fine particle (size less than 2.5 micrometers) emissions. Another possibility is to use these flue gases for shaping the flow pattern in the furnace to improve mixing, e. g.,

introducing these gases via vertically located ports, as is described in European patent 668,983 and in WO 02/081971, instead of air or mixed with air. Combustion in the superheater cavity may be performed also under sub-stoichiometric conditions.

Reduced gases thus generated can be introduced into flue gases from the furnace to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in the flue gases coming from the furnace.

By means of the invention the pressure and the operating temperature of the steam recovered from the waste liquor recovery process is increased by means of the superheater cavity, whereby the overall electrical efficiency of the plant is improved, i. e. more power is generated by the heat recovered in the steam. The system according to the present invention is preferably used in connection with the process described in international patent application PCT/FI03/00358.

During the past years waste liquors from pulping were burned in a separate, refractory lined combustion chamber, which was connected to a recovery boiler. Flue gases flowed from the combustion chamber into the furnace of the recovery boiler, which was equipped with oil or gas burners or with grates for bark and coal etc. In these boilers the separate combustion chamber was used to stabilize combustion, not to superheat steam to the final high temperature from the superheaters of the upper part of the furnace of the boiler. An essential feature of the present invention is that the combustion cavity and the recovery boiler have a common water circulation system.

US patent 2,606, 103 describes a system, in which the walls of a separate furnace are cooled by air.

The invention will now be described in more detail with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which one embodiment of the invention is illustrated schematically in Fig. 1.

The reference numbers are as follows : 1. Conventional recovery boiler 2. Cavity 3. Furnace of the recovery boiler 4. Floor of the conventional boiler 5. Char bed in the conventional boiler 6. Primary air ports 7. Secondary air ports

8. Liquor spraying equipment 9. Tertiary air ports 10. Water-cooled furnace walls 11. Bullnose 12. Superheaters in the conventional boiler 13. Boiler bank 14. Economizers 15. Flue gases leaving the boiler 16. Feedwater entering the boiler 17. Feedwater entering the drum in the described natural circulation boiler 18. Drum 19. Saturated steam entering the superheaters of the conventional part of the boiler 20. Superheated steam from the conventional part of the boiler entering the superheater (s) in the cavity 21. Live steam leaving the boiler 22. Burner or burners in the cavity 23. Flame or flames in the cavity 24. Superheater or superheaters in the cavity 25. Headers of the cavity to feed cooling water from the drum (18) to the walls of the cavity 26. Flue gas flow from the cavity 27. Flue gas flow from the furnace of the conventional boiler 28. Fuel feed to the gasifier 29. Gasifier 30. Gas to the burner or burners of the cavity 31. Gas cleaning or other type treatment for gases leaving the gasifier for other purposes than for the cavity (2) 32. Gas cleaning or other type treatment for gases leaving the gasifier for the cavity l-lil superheaters in the conventional part of the boiler, and IV superheater in the cavity The furnace 3 of a typical recovery boiler, such as a soda recovery boiler, used for the combustion of black liquor, has a structure formed of a water-cooled bottom 4 and water-cooled walls 10 made of a compact membrane structure, so that a water-steam mixture under pressure flows in the tubes. The water-steam generated in this way is superheated downstream of the furnace, typically in a conventional superheater 12

located in the shield of a"nose"above the furnace. In the superheater the heat of the flue gases 27 generated during combustion is recovered. Typically, a boiler bank and an economizer serve as the after-heat surface in the boiler, and after the superheater the flue gases are directed into the boiler bank 13 and economizers 14. The generated high-pressure steam is typically further directed eto a steam turbine in order to produce electricity and process steam needed at the mill.

The lower section of the furnace and the bottom 4 of the soda recovery boiler are made of water-cooled tubes, which constitute a part of the pressurized section of the boiler.

Due to the structure of the bottom and the lower section of the furnace, there is natural circulation of water in the bottom tubes, i. e. , the circulation is effected by a difference in density. The boiler water is thus led at a high pressure and at a temperature of, for example, about 300°C to a distributing header (not shown) below the bottom of the furnace, from which the water is distributed into the bottom and sidewall tubes. In the lower section of the furnace, the water flows first nearly horizontally or obliquely upwards in the bottom tubes towards the walls, and then further upwards through the wall tubes to the upper section of the boiler.

The invention is based on a recovery boiler, where steam pressure is such that excessive corrosion does not take place, i. e. the saturation temperature in water-steam emulsion plus the temperature difference due to incoming heat flux from the tube surface into water is less than 400-500 °C, which is the tube surface temperature.

The steam temperature can be increased over the typical figures by integrating into the conventional recovery boiler 1 a special combustion and heat transfer chamber or cavity 2. The steam is superheated in the conventional superheater part 12 to such a degree that high temperature corrosion does not take place, e. g. 480-520 °C, optimally 480-500 °C and the rest of the superheating up to 500-600 °C, optimally to 520-560 °C, takes place in a superheater or in superheaters 24 in a special combustion and heat transfer cavity 2 integrated into the recovery boiler, where the fuel to be burned in a burner or burners 22 with flame or flames 23 is so clean that it does not cause high temperature corrosion. Flue gases 26 from the cavity 2 are introduced into the flue gas stream 27 of the recovery boiler. Preferably the flue gases from the cavity are directed through several openings in the wall of the recovery boiler.

The cavity 2 is a part of a conventional recovery boiler, so that the walls of the cavity are water-cooled as in the conventional part of the furnace, in the boiler bank and in other hot areas, and this cooling is integrated into the drum 18 or into the drums of the conventional boiler with natural circulation. In once-through type boilers this integration means that the walls of the cavity are cooled by the water or steam flows of the once- through system. Same type of integration with circulation water is also valid for forced circulation type recovery boilers, if this arrangement is used. The main advantage is the introduction of heat from the cooling of the cavity into the same pressure water or steam flow or flows as in the main flow of the"conventional"part of the recovery boiler. Air for the combustion can be taken from the"conventional"part of the recovery boiler or the cavity may be equipped with its own fans or compressors.

According to a preferred embodiment a combustion gas 30 for the cavity is produced in a gasifier 29 by gasifying biomass material 28. Then a part of the gases is used in the cavity as clean fuel 30 in the burner 22 to superheat the steam in the superheater 24 (IV) and also for re-heating purposes. Part of the gases 33 is used for other purposes at the pulp mill. If this type of fuel is not available, other fuels like natural gas, LPG, oil, methanol, liquefied biomass etc can be used. The criterion for the fuel is the noncorrosive nature under the cavity conditions. This noncorrosive nature can be created in the gas from gasification 29 by cleaning the gas in treatment 31 or 32.

The invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiment illustrated and described above but it can be modified and varied within the scope and spirit of the invention as defined by the following claims. The use of the system of the invention is not limited to the firing of a certain spent liquor, but it can be applied in connection with several spent liquors, such as spent liquors from a kraft pulping process and soda pulping process.