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Dow Corning’s Midland manufacturing site considering biomass plant to produce steam and electricity
Dow Corning’s Midland manufacturing site is considering the installation of
a biomass-powered energy facility to provide a renewable, reliable and
cost-effective supply of steam and electricity necessary for the site’s
Cirque Energy, LLC, which would build, own and operate the plant for Dow
Corning, recently filed for appropriate environmental permits with the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources and Environment, which is the first step in the
process of installing the facility.
“Dow Corning is exploring the use of renewable biomass energy to provide
steam and electricity to our manufacturing operations,” said Jim Smith, Dow
Corning Midland site manager. “Biomass would offer our site the
long-term, cost effective and renewable supply of steam and energy we need as
we continue to invest and grow our Midland operations.”
Biomass energy from the plant would be produced by gasification of
plant-derived organic matter releasing the sun's energy these materials
contain. In this way, biomass functions as a sort of natural battery for
storing solar energy. As long as biomass is produced sustainably, the energy
source is completely renewable. The biomass energy facility at Dow Corning’s
Midland site would initially use waste wood chips obtained from existing forest
harvesting, mills, as well as dead trees or old growth harvested as part of
sustainable forestry initiatives.
Dow Corning would require that any wood used in the Cirque Energy biomass
facility be independently certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI),
assuring the wood is obtained and harvested sustainably.
Additionally, the biomass energy plant would include specialized
gasification technology and emissions controls to provide the lowest possible
air emissions. This gasification technology is regarded as the best
available emissions controls by state and federal government agencies.
For more information about biomass energy, see:
The permitting process could take up to six months to complete, and will
include a public comment period.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (www.dowcorning.com) provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning
offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s
Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® (www.xiameter.com) brands.
Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More
than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative,
a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management
of chemical products and processes.
Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock
Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which includes Hemlock
Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock
Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other
silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and
solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has
announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.
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