Maximized energy efficiency with MVR

Reduce carbon emissions through smarter evaporation

Evaporation is a method used to remove water from a liquid to concentrate it. In everyday life, we encounter products that have undergone this process, such as milk powder, juice concentrate, and salt. The method is based on vaporization and is central especially in the food industry, pulp and paper industry, chemical, and pharmaceutical industry. Evaporation can also be used to recover valuable by-products from waste streams.

Mechanical Vapor Recompression, commonly abbreviated MVR, is a modern and proven technology for evaporation. By introducing highly efficient MVR technology, both energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are often reduced, resulting in significant cost savings.

The uniqueness of MVR technology lies in fully utilizing the energy in the steam, achieving maximum energy efficiency. By compressing the steam removed from the product and returning it to the evaporator as an energy source, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 97%*.

Introducing MVR also means an electrification of the evaporation process, and at the same time, the need for steam is eliminated. Modern MVR systems also have high availability and reliability.

*) In comparison to a single-effect evaporator without recovery.

Benefits of MVR-evaporation

Reduce CO2 emissions and achieve sustainability goals

Free up steam capacity through increased energy efficiency

Lower energy costs and strengthen competitiveness

Applications of MVR technology

More and more industries are using MVR technology in their evaporation, here are some of the most common applications.

Concentration of main products

Evaporators are typically some of the largest energy consumers in a process industry. Modern MVR systems are highly energy efficient so that end products like salt, black liquor, or recycled solvents can be produced with minimal climate impact.

Recovery of valuable substances

MVR can be used to recover valuable products from waste or wastewater streams. Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as chemicals and minerals, are common by-products that can be reused in the own process or sold. This increases both resource efficiency and circularity.

Treatment of wastewater streams

Some industries generate waste streams containing substances that neither can be reused in the own process nor have sufficient value on the secondary market. With stricter environmental regulations, more industries will need to treat and manage such flows before reaching the final recipient, and MVR can be a crucial part of such solutions.

Evaporation is critical for us to be able to utilize the nutrients contained in our reject waters. Adven’s evaporation solution removes some 90 per cent of the water, which makes the fertilizer cost-effective to transport and easier for farmers to handle.

Terje Hyldmo
Manager, Commercial and Business Development, Biokraft
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Visit Adven’s MVR evaporation plant

Adven’s MVR evaporation solution is part of IFF Finnfeeds Finland’s production process in Naantali, Finland. Visit the evaporation plant and turn the image 360° in any direction.

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MVR for heat pump solutions

MVR technology can also be employed to harness waste heat or to raise the temperature of hot water and steam in an industrial process. The principle is the same as conventional heat pumps, with the difference that they use water (in the form of steam) as the working medium, instead of for example ammonia.

This allows the technology to be used for higher temperatures compared to conventional heat pumps and can deliver heat up to 200 °C. By using water as the working medium, one can also avoid environmental and safety risks associated with handling chemicals.

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