Paper producer to power with pyrolysis oil
Feb. 28, 2011, Des Plaines, IL – Envergent Technologies' rapid thermal processing technology will convert local forest residue into a liquid biofuel to heat and power the Crane & Co. Massachusetts paper facility.
Feb. 28, 2011, Des Plaines, IL
– Envergent Technologies' rapid thermal processing (RTP) technology will
convert local forest residue into a clean-burning, liquid biofuel to heat and
power the Crane & Co. Massachusetts facility where it produces paper used
for U.S. currency. Use of the technology will help Crane, which has been the
provider of currency paper to the U.S. Treasury for more than 130 years,
stabilize energy costs and remain a competitive supplier to the U.S.
government. Once approved, the project has the potential to bring nearly 100
new jobs to the region.
"The success of Crane & Co. and
its local partners with RTP will serve as an excellent model for other
businesses across the nation and around the world," says David Cepla,
managing director for Envergent Technologies, which is a joint venture of
Honeywell's UOP and Ottawa-based Ensyn Corp. In addition to Envergent
Technologies, Crane & Co. is working with Berkshire Renewable Power and
ReEnergy Holdings to implement the project.
Because the forest residues to be converted
into the renewable liquid fuel will come from the region, Crane's use of
renewable power can be thought of as an extension of a larger regional
initiative called "Berkshire Grown," which aims to stimulate the area
by creating, growing, and buying all products locally.
RTP technology works by rapidly heating
biomass at ambient pressure to generate high yields of a liquid biofuel. The
fuel can be burned in industrial burners and furnaces for heat or to power
electric generators. RTP is currently in use in seven commercial biomass
processing plants in Canada and the United States.