Trinseo binder plant celebrates 10 years of using methane to run its power boiler
CLOVERDALE, CA, November 29, 2018-
Ten years ago, executives at a latex binder manufacturing plant in Dalton, Georgia had an idea for a way to do something good for the world while reducing operating costs and at the same time limiting their exposure to volatile natural gas pricing. The answer involved a greenhouse gas emitted by some energy industries, very famously by cows, and – most relevant to the plant’s project – by municipal solid waste landfills. Carpet mills and some other nonwovens end-uses are amongst the industries that are benefitting from this green initiative to provide more sustainable products to their customers, and ultimately to the consumers.
The answer was methane. The Dalton plant – operated by binders, rubber and plastics maker Trinseo, a spin off of Dow Chemical - – makes binders widely used in carpet backing, paperboard, and many construction related products. In the past it had been operating a power boiler that used natural gas. But a nearby landfill operation run by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority (DWSWA) was a very active source of methane, a gas that can compete with natural gas for some energy applications.
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