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F-D-S Manufacturing Company
For F-D-S Manufacturing Company in Pomona, California, trigeneration is more than generating onsite electrical, thermal, and cooling power from a single fuel – it’s the company’s clean-and-green way to battle California brownouts and produce packaging material with a competitive edge.
Already an environmentally thoughtful industry leader, ambitious F-D-S Manufacturing owners were determined to make their recyclable, Earth-friendly paper and plastic packaging products for industrial and agriculture customers even greener.
In 2009, the company planned to install a new plastics extruder line that required large amounts of electricity, hot air, and cold water. After a widespread search, executives selected six Capstone C65 MicroTurbines® to meet the facility’s forecasted combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) needs, and significantly shrink its carbon footprint and energy bill – a cleaner way to do business.
Today, members of the family-owned business say they made
the right choice with the low-emission Capstone microturbines. The microturbines have safeguarded the company’s power supply, cut costs, and reinforced its reputation as a leader in the green packaging market since installed in December 2009.
According to Kevin Stevenson, F-D-S Manufacturing Vice President of Engineering, the need for a reliable, Earth-friendly power source that could operate even during brownouts launched the clean-
At a glance
Pomona, California, USA
• 6 C65 Capstone microturbines in a CCHP application.
• 2 Sigma Energy heat exchangers.
• Thermax LT10C absorption chiller.
• Grid-connected CCHP system generates 320kW of electricity and supports 20% of the site’s total power usage.
• Microturbines operate at near 80% ef ciency.
• CCHP system saves F-D-S Manufacturing
an estimated US$35,000 per month – a 1/6
reduction of the facility’s entire energy bill.
• Microturbine exhaust heat is used in the
plastic extrusion process in which recyclable plastic is dried using 280–320°F [138–160°C] heat byproduct from 2 microturbines connected to Sigma Energy heat exchangers.
• Heat from 4 microturbines produces 198°F (92°C) water, which is pumped to an absorption chiller to produce chilled water that cools plastic during the extrusion process.
• The CCHP system replaced old piston-type chilling equipment and natural dryers –
a drastic improvement to the company’s carbon footprint and image.
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