A chiller upgrade was part of plant improvements for a manufacturer of adhesives, coatings, motion management devices and sensing technologies. Lord Corp. installed the energy-efficient equipment, including a sustainable management control system, at its Bowling Green, Ky.-based facility.

The project included replacing an inefficient chiller with a new high-efficiency 300-ton centrifugal chiller and pump system; replacing a steam generation system with a high-efficiency boiler with enhanced burner controls, oxygen controls and a new deaerator tank; and installing an advanced rubber preheater metering and scheduling system with the ability to analyze and modify system operations for chilled water, compressed air and steam. The completed project will result in a reduction of 1,433 metric tons of carbon dioxide output and an annual utility savings of more than $170,000.

The company received a $504,000 grant for the project from the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. The grant, also sponsored by the Energy and Environment Cabinet Tennessee Valley Authority Clean Air Act Settlement grant program, provided 50 percent matching funds for the project.