Solex partners with Fertiberia on landmark Spain project
Indirect cooling solution part of 17-million Euro investment
Solex Thermal Science is excited to bring its decades of indirect cooling experience to the modernization of Fertiberia’s Puertollano fertilizer plant in Spain.
Originally constructed in the 1950s, the facility located about 250 kilometres south of Madrid is undergoing a 17-million Euro transformation in 2021 that is aimed at reducing its carbon footprint while also enlarging the product portfolio and improving its quality.
Solex will be working with Fertiberia to provide a custom indirect cooling system that will handle the automotive-grade urea prills produced at the facility, while at the same time reducing energy consumption and emissions when compared with the direct-contact technology that is currently in place.
“We are pleased to be part of Fertiberia’s significant investment into the responsible long-term stewardship of its Puertollano plant,” says Solex Thermal Science CEO Lowy Gunnewiek. “This agreement represents years of work within both of our respective companies and sets the stage for a long-term successful relationship.”
Fertiberia is a leading producer of agricultural and industrial chemical products and solutions in Europe. The company produces and distributes a range of fertilizer products between its 14 production sites located through Europe’s Iberian Peninsula. Automotive-grade urea is used to produce AdBlue, which is used to treat exhaust gases from diesel engines of vehicles and industrial facilities to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Thanks to the AdBlue and other environmental solutions produced by Fertiberia, NOx emissions were reduced more than 10 per cent last year.
“In Fertiberia, we are committed with sustainable production and this project at Puertollano with Solex is another example of this commitment. Not only we will improve the quality of our AdBlue-grade urea but, thanks to Solex’s innovative cooling solutions, we will reduce our energy consumption and minimize gaseous emissions from this plant,” says Fertiberia COO David Herrero.
The Fertiberia project joins a growing number of projects Solex has been involved in within Spain dating back to 1997. In addition to fertilizer, the company is actively involved in sugar, polymers, detergent, silica sand, chemicals and oilseeds applications within the country.
“We take great pride in the continued confidence that industries continue to place in us to deliver innovative and custom solutions that meet ever-evolving needs," says Solex Thermal Science Global Director Pedro Moran.
“Innovation has always been at the forefront of what we do. It’s what will continue to drive us as we strengthen our position in key industries and regions around the world.”
Solex is the global market leader and developer of high-efficiency, indirect heat exchange technology for the heating, cooling and drying/conditioning of free-flowing granular materials such as solid granules, pellets, beans, seeds and particles.
The company traces its roots back to 1989 when it was created out of the Western Canadian fertilizer industry. Since then, Solex has been commissioned more than 800 installations in more than 50 countries and almost every continent. That includes more than 175 fertilizer projects worldwide.
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About Fertiberia Group
With more than 1.400 employees and 14 industrial activity centers spread all over the Iberian Peninsula, Fertiberia is the leader in the fertilizer sector in the EU, where it develops, produces and supplies innovative agronomic solutions that increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and collaborate in the ecological transition of an essential sector for the European economy. It is also one of the world's leading operators in the ammonia market, producing environmental solutions for industry and other sectors. The company belongs to Triton Partners, which is driving its growth to make this Spanish company a leader in the fertilization of the future, enabling farmers to obtain higher yields with maximum environmental sustainability.
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