IMEC to Upgrade Co-Gen System at Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Saint Gobain Abrasives in Worcester, MA

Worcester, MA -

With IMEC's assistance, Saint Gobain Abrasives in Worcester, MA is upgrading an on-site Powerhouse facility to pave the way to increase its CoGen capacity to 5 megawatts.

The company has enlisted IMEC to design and install an Air Cooled Condenser Unit (ACCU) system with a capacity of approximately 100,000 lbs/hour of steam. The exhaust steam from the turbine will be directed to a steam manifold feeding individual condenser coils. A VFD fan system will control ambient airflow to maintain precise condenser pressure.

IMEC is installing the system in a way that eliminates condensate transfer pumps by directing condensate by gravity to a boiler feed tank in the mechanical room. New Variable Speed Drive condensate pumps will be installed to return condensate to the boilers. An Allen Bradley PLC will control the entire system with a remote HMI located on the turbine deck. Completion is expected in March 2017.