Cersosimo Lumber steaming into energy future
Turbosteam has delivered a clean energy system to Cersosimo Lumber, a leading producer of high quality Northeastern Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber, at its Brattleboro, Vermont, hardwood mill. The project will allow Cersosimo to extract energy from the steam they produce to dry lumber in kilns, converting it to approximately 600 kilowatts (kW) of electrical energy at very high efficiencies.
The system will utilize waste wood from milling operations used to fuel Cersosimo's existing biomass boiler, allowing the mill to effectively use its steam three times, first to dry lumber, second to generate electricity, and third to heat buildings. The Brattleboro project will be the second steam recycling project implemented in Cersosimo's operations; there has been a 200kW Turbosteam unit generating electricity at the Brattleboro Kiln Dry plant since 1989.
Jeff Hardy, VP of Operations said "The Turbosteam project offsets energy costs at the plant and increases environmental sustainability of our operation."
The project, expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2013, is part of Vermont's Sustainably Priced Energy Development Program (SPEED), which seeks to promote the development of in-state energy sources that use renewable fuels (SPEED resources) to ensure the economic benefits for the Vermont economy in general and the state's rate-paying citizens in particular. Turbosteam's steam turbine generator will generate electricity at 480 volts, and it will connect to the local utility grid owned by Green Mountain Power through a step-up transformer to 12,470 volts, where it will be purchased at the SPEED program's established rates.
About Cersosimo Lumber. The company was founded in 1947 by Anthony F. Cersosimo. From a modest beginning with a portable sawmill in Jamaica, Vermont, Cersosimo has grown to be one of the largest producers of lumber in New England. Because of a 60-year commitment to quality, consistency, innovation, and fairness, a pack of lumber bearing the Cersosimo logo is recognized around the globe as a product that can be trusted. http://www.cersosimolumber.com
About Turbosteam. Turbosteam, a division of Recycled Energy Development, is the leading supplier of steam turbine generator systems for industrial and institutional facilities. http://www.turbosteam.com
BRATTLEBORO, Vt., Sept. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)