The challenges that arise in wood drying are diverse. However, air-to-air heat exchangers are customizable to fit any wood drying application, and the payback period is usually less than 1 year; see our example below.
Timber drying requires a considerable amount of energy to evaporate the large volume of water held in the wood. Whether it’s belt drying or drying kiln technologies for different products such as wood, wood chips, or hay, every method has its challenges.
Heatex heat exchangers are easy to configure in terms of size and material to fit most environments and drying technologies. All our models save sufficient energy to provide short amortization periods and valuable savings even in corrosive and heavily polluted environments.
Thermal energy is the main cost for a wood dryer and dramatically impacts the economy. Therefore a heat recovery system can significantly improve the operating cost. The combination of high humidity and high content of particles in the air must be carefully considered when designing and optimizing the heat recovery system. Our product selection tool, Heatex Select enables such optimization.
Substances from the wet wood often result in a corrosive environment. Proper material selection is critical to avoid failure and frequent replacement of equipment.
Various particles and debris from the wood are mixed into the air stream, increasing the risk of clogging the heat recovery system with reduced performance.
Heatex crossflow models H2 and H are available with aluminum heat transfer and end plates. Additionally, we offer a wide range of configurations and options, such as:
Heatex crossflow model Z is entirely stainless steel and suitable for the toughest wood drying applications.
The company has been in the business of drying wood for over 40 years and is today an international leader in the field. The solution is based on a Heatex crossflow plate heat exchanger and is fitted in a heat recovery module placed on the roof of the kiln.Read Case Study
Implementing a heat exchanger to recover waste energy is always a good investment. In this example, the payback period (return on investment) will be less than a year!
This calculation is based on:
|Equivalent fuel power
(Heat recovery/heat conversion efficiency)
|50 kW / 90% = 56 kW
|Fuel energy saving
(Equivalent fuel power x operating hours)
|56 kW x 3000 h = 167 MWh
|Total amount of fuel saved
(Fuel energy saving/energy content)
|167 / 0.64 = 260 m3
|Total fuel saving
(Total amount fuel x fuel cost)
|260 x 20 € = 5 200 €
(CAPEX / total fuel saving)
|4000 € / 5200 € = < 1 year
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