Toray Plastics Launches Second Cogeneration Facility
Toray Plastics has opened a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown, Rhode Island, campus. The new cogeneration system produces electricity and steam for the Torayfan polypropylene film division and steam for the Lumirror polyester film division.
The facility, which broke ground in August 2013 and came online in August of this year, will enable Toray to continue uninterrupted manufacturing during an unexpected local power outage. The company’s first cogeneration system, which was installed in 2003, together with the new facility will produce 145,000,000 kWh of electricity.
The $22.7 million project was paid for by Toray with funds from National Grid’s Energy Efficiency Program, developed in collaboration with the state of Rhode Island. National Grid supplies all of the electricity distributed to Toray beyond the company’s own cogenerated electricity. The cogeneration facility is part of Toray’s sustainability initiative, which it began in 2004. The initiative includes the use of solar power, among others. The company invested $2 million in its solar farm in 2011.
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