RMI Energy Program Manufacturers Receiving MEA 2019 C&I Grant Awards
Crystal Steel Fabricators – Caroline County
Crystal Steel Fabricators located in Federalsburg is proposing efficiency upgrades on Buildings 1 and 2 of the facility that manufactures steel beams used for the construction industry. Manufacturing process includes cutting, polishing, painting, and shipping of large steel fabricated into specific sized beams. Projects proposed includes replacing in total 118 lights, metal halide and T5/T8 fluorescent lights with more efficient LEDs with occupancy sensors. They will install VFDs for 28 total exhaust fans in both buildings. Through RMI’s energy audit, multiple compressed air leaks were detected, applicant will seal leaks. The MEA-funded energy conservation measures will reduce electricity consumption by more than 270,847 kWh, which translates to more than $23,835 in annual cost savings or 29% energy reduction.
GFE Distribution/The Capital Meat, Co. – Prince George’s County
The Capital Meat Company has a 40,000 square foot facility with offices and a warehouse with 6 bay doors in Landover. The Capital Meat Co. will upgrade HVAC equipment with more efficient VFDs, RTUs, and refrigeration sensors and controls. These improvements will result in a reduction of annual electricity consumption exceeding 217,242 kWh, which translates to more than $14,913 in annual cost savings or a 47% energy reduction.
K&L Microwave – Wicomico County
K&L Microwave has a manufacturing facility in Salisbury, proposes replacing 855 older high wattage LED lights with lower wattages LEDs, and adding daylighting controls where applicable. A new 60 HP VFD air compressor will be installed along with a new refrigerated air dryer and an additional storage tank. This system will more efficiently meet the demand for compressed air particularly for lower demand periods during second shift and off shift hours. Additionally, the company will add a heater to the compressor room to enable the unit to be shut down during weekends without the concern of a cold start resulting in damage. Finally, a robust air leak management and air use awareness program will be implemented at the company. These improvements will result in a reduction of annual electricity consumption exceeding 201,771 kWh, which translates to more than $21,455 in
Maryland Plastics, Inc. – Caroline County
Maryland Plastics is in Federalsburg, and manufactures specialty plastic goods including plastic trays, cutlery, and other products for industrial and residential use. This location houses manufacturing, office, warehouse and packaging operations. The facility will upgrade 864 light fixtures to higher efficient LEDs with occupancy sensors. The facility uses compressed air for drilling, spraying and other manufacturing related operation. The company conducted an air leak detection audit, identifying many small, medium and large sized leaks of compressed air. The facility will seal all leaks, costing only $660 and saving 43,221 kWh/yr. These improvements will result in a reduction of annual electricity consumption exceeding 661,890 kWh, which translates to more than $65,665 in annual cost savings or a 20% energy reduction.
Toroid Corp – Wicomico County
Toroid, located in Salisbury, will upgrade their 25-year-old facility which has 23,000 sq. ft. of space consisting of office, manufacturing and warehouse areas. The office space and most of the manufacturing areas are conditioned by six constant volume RTUs having a total capacity of 30.9 tons with gas-fired heating. Air balance issues have been reported for the perimeter offices on cold days, which has led to the use of small electrical resistance heaters. The exiting lighting consists of T8 fluorescent lighting and metal halide; all will be changed to higher efficiency LEDs. The existing six RTUs will be replaced with new variable volume RTUs with a total capacity of 27 tons. The three existing 4-ton units that condition the office and lounge areas will also have a 4-ton capacity; however, the three 6.3-ton units that condition the main production area will be reduced to 5 tons each. These improvements will result in a reduction of annual electricity consumption exceeding 110,760 kWh, which translates to more than $15,484 in annual cost savings or a 47% energy reduction.
Trinity Sterile, Inc. – Wicomico County
Trinity Sterile, located in Salisbury, has 40,000 sq. ft. facility that houses their office, manufacturing and warehouse needs. Current building lighting consists of both T8, T12 and metal halides in exterior, and not using occupancy sensors. Trinity Sterile proposes to change 637 light fixtures to more efficient LED equivalents and add occupancy sensors. Additionally, the existing air compressor will be replaced with a smaller 30 Hp VFD unit. This unit will meet the maximum demand for compressed air and efficiently handle all the partial load conditions experienced during off shift hours. These improvements will result in a reduction of annual electricity consumption exceeding 521,872 kWh, which translates to more than $56,130 in annual cost savings or a 34% energy reduction.
Call Peter Gourlay at 443-275-2489 or email him at peter.gourlay@rmiofmaryland.