Avoca, Inc., relies on steam for processing a variety of ingredients, especially clary sage for the fragrance industry. The company previously relied on three diesel-powered boilers for its steam, but wanted to switch to a more sustainable and cost-efficient power source. Earlier this year, two biomass boilers were installed, replacing the diesel boilers.
The new system allows the company to utilize the biomass byproduct of its facility while also meeting its long-term energy needs.
The company said it has diverted about 110,000 cubic yards of material that would otherwise go into a landfill. Additionally, reducing this waste on an annual basis will result in about $1 million in savings.