Seaman Paper Co. Achieves Significant Energy Savings With Hurst Hybrid S600 Wood-Fired Boiler

Seaman Paper Co. is a 61-year-old privately held paper plant located in rural Massachusetts. Under the guidance of George Davenport Jones III, loyal employees keep this historic facility operating 24/7, 365 days per year. Seaman Paper produces lightweight specialty papers including decorative tissue wraps, crepe streamers, food service tissues, SatinWrap and personalized printed papers.

A Hurst Hybrid S600 wood-fired boiler was just one of many elements of a comprehensive energy-saving initiative designed by Jones and implemented over a 10-year period. Changes in operations, equipment and fuels have resulted in significant annual reductions in both oil usage (nearly 1.7 million gallons) and electricity (2.6 million kwh). The annual savings is noteworthy as well, as up to $1.5 million per year are saved in operating costs.

Energy-saving program

Equipment and system changes include: steam reduction via thermo compressors, heat exchanger, recycling of effluent and boiler economizer; electricity reduction via T8 lighting, motion detectors and variable speed drives; and fuel substitution with the Hurst Hybrid S600 wood-fired boiler.

The Hurst Hybrid Model Super 600 was selected and equipped with a baghouse and a finned-tube waste heat-recovery economizer. Initially, 23,709 barrels of oil were replaced by 15,002 tons of shredded pallet wood.

The results

In June, 2008, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology held a Cleaner Technologies Demonstration Site Event at Seaman Paper. The lunch and plant tour gathering was titled “Energy Efficiency Success at Seaman Paper” and was attended to capacity on two different dates by plant managers, corporate executives and elected officials.

The goal was to introduce and explain the methods and benefits of a sustainable manufacturing concern and to highlight the effort and success of Seaman Paper.

Gregory W. Smith of Global Energy Solutions was introduced as the project developer and fielded technical questions about solid fuel procurement and boiler installations. Smith, an exclusive solid fuel boiler agent for Hurst Boiler & Welding was able to share similar success stories of wood-fired boiler systems installed at other manufacturing facilities and institutional campus locations in the Midwest United States and elsewhere.

Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. has designed, engineered and serviced a complete line of solid fuel, solid waste, biomass, gas, coal and oil-fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967 for thousands of satisfied customers. Hurst also manufactures a complete line of boiler room peripherals such as blowdown separator surge tanks and pressurized feed-water tanks.



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