How Volvo Car Gent is driving sustainability

SWEP's compact and high capacity brazed plate heat exchangers (BPHEs) have allowed Volvo Car Gent to substantially reduce its use of fossil fuels for heating purposes. CO2 emissions have been decreased by 15,000 tons per year, a net decrease of more than 40 percent.

volvo SWEP installationRenewable energy from Stora Enso Langerbrugge
Volvo Car Gent is one of the two Volvo assembly plants in Europe, producing about 240,000 cars yearly. The plant sources renewable energy from the nearby bio-cogeneration power station of Stora Enso Langerbrugge paper mill, delivered via a 25 MW district heating network.

Callens & EMK in charge of the installation
The installation, which replaced three older boilers, was carried out by Callens & EMK, a family-owned Belgian company founded in 1966, with multi-disciplinary capability in the field of thermal industrial processes. They chose SWEP’s highest-capacity B649 to transport waste heat and hot water at a temperature of 125° C from Stora Enso Langerbrugge to the plant’s buildings and paint booths. 

Gasket-free reliability with SWEP’s B649
The system contains 2 x B649Hx800/SP-SC-S with DN150C flange connections and a working pressure of 25 bars. For high capacity applications such as the Volvo Car Gent plant, the B649 easily replaces traditional technologies such as gasketed heat exchangers and Shell & Tube, with added features: compact design, reliable performance and low maintenance. This means that you can save cost, space and labor-intensive cleaning, while simultaneously lowering your carbon footprint. In addition, it is possible to easily expand the system’s capacity, if the need arises.