Kentucky Plant Produces Electricity, Steam From Wood Waste

Workers at a Kentucky plant are doing more than making doors, molding and stair parts. They’re creating fuel to help power the factory. Cox Interior in Campbellsville has a combined heat and power system that burns wood waste in producing electricity for lights and machines, as well as steam to heat wood-drying kilns, the Lexington […]

Workers at a Kentucky plant are doing more than making doors, molding and stair parts. They’re creating fuel to help power the factory.

Cox Interior in Campbellsville has a combined heat and power system that burns wood waste in producing electricity for lights and machines, as well as steam to heat wood-drying kilns, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Employees toss leftover wood into bins to be fed into the burner. “Nothing gets thrown away here,” said Ruth Logsdon, environmental director for Cox Interior. The business generates 75 percent to 80 percent of the electricity it needs. It sells power back to East Kentucky Power Cooperative at night when the system produces more than the factory needs.

Combined heat and power, also called co-generation or CHP, is the on-site production of electricity and heat from one fuel source. Supporters say its benefits include cheaper electricity; increased efficiency and less loss of electricity during transmission; waste reduction; and lower emissions.

“It is better for the environment because you use less fuel overall,” said Cheryl Cole Eakle, senior engineer at the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center. Cox Interior is one of about 10 facilities in Kentucky with combined heat and power systems.

From The Baxter Bulletin: http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/2017/01/03/kentucky-factory-produces-electricity-steam/96115128/

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