North Kingstown is going greener next year. A new manufacturing plant will allow the city to eliminate 12,500 tons of dangerous greenhouse gases each year.
Toray Plastics (America) Inc., the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene, metallized, and bio-based films, will begin construction in August on a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown campus.
Cogeneration power systems allow users to operate “off the grid” and prevent the kind of electrical power outages that can occur with conventional power plants. Toray already operates a cogeneration system that supplies continuous power to its Lumirro polyester film division, which sustains manufacturing production even during severe weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy, and enables the company to provide uninterrupted customer service.
The new system, which is expected to be operational by March 2014, will be dedicated to powering production for the Torayfan polypropylene film division and other sites around the property. It will dramatically reduce Toray’s demand on the supply of electricity to nearby Rhode Island communities, particularly during peak periods in the summer months.
In addition, the company estimates that the new system, like the current unit, will eliminate approximately 12,500 tons of CO2 per year, for a total reduction of 25,000 tons. Toray’s sustainability initiative, begun in 2004, includes the use of solar power, zero landfill, and extensive recycling, among other features.