"KGRA is pleased to be selected by Weyerhaeuser, a leader in innovation and corporate sustainability, as a partner on this important waste heat recovery project," said Jason Gold, KGRA Energy Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to expanding our relationship with Weyerhaeuser as the organization identifies ways to lower energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint at its forest products facilities across the country."
"We are pleased to be working with KGRA Energy and its partner TAS Energy on this project," said John Ryan, Region Energy Manager at Weyerhaeuser. "The technology the company uses is designed to produce clean energy, while reducing our emissions and lowering the plant's electricity bill."
KGRA Energy's system uses the organic Rankine cycle to recover waste heat from viable sources, such as combustion engine exhausts, furnaces, boilers, and kilns, converting it into usable CO2-free electricity, which lowers energy costs as well as heat pollution. KGRA's systems are modular and scalable, providing the ability to produce power from smaller and lower-temperature heat sources previously deemed unsuitable for standard cogeneration. KGRA projects are customized for the direct needs and specifications of each customer. At the Weyerhaeuser lumber mill, heat will be recovered from a kiln where cut lumber enters the drying process.
The organic Rankine cycle equipment that will be installed in Weyerhaeuser's Greenville, NC lumber mill will be made in America. Additionally, the project is expected to create 19.7 American jobs throughout the development, construction and installation process.
Weyerhaeuser and Ayden HTP Partners LLC, a joint-venture between KGRA Energy and the ORC equipment supplier, TAS Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Turbine Air Systems, LTD, completed the agreement in March 2011. Installation of the project is expected to begin in June and the plant intends to be operational by the end of July 2011.
About KGRA Energy LP
KGRA Energy LP is a premier developer of customized renewable energy power generation projects. The company manages the design, construction and installation of organic Rankine cycle waste heat recovery systems that createCO2-free renewable energy for business and utility clients. KGRA's systems are modular and scalable and produce power from waste heat sources deemed unsuitable for traditional cogeneration. KGRA enables pulp and paper, lumber, refinery, cement and power plant clients to convert waste heat to usable electricity, reduce energy costs, lower carbon footprints and create a sustainable future.
About Weyerhaeuser Company
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. We grow and harvest trees, build homes and make a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. We manage our timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. At the end of 2010, we employed approximately 14,000 employees in 10 countries. We have customers worldwide and generated$6.6 billionin sales in 2010. Our stock trades on the New York Stock exchange under the symbol WY.