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GLRPPR Sector Resource: 2011 Case Study: CST Storage

2011 Case Study: CST Storage

The manufacturing process at CST Storage is very energy extensive as it includes receiving raw materials, metal fabrication, welding, powder coating, liquid-paint coating, and shipping of the final product. CST's management is concerned with making the site more energy efficient to not only reduce the costs associated with energy use, but to also become more environmentally friendly neighbors to the community. In an effort to identify and determine potential energy savings, CST participated in the Pollution Prevention Institute's internship program for the first time. The intern, Edgar Alvarado, completed a compressed-air-leak audit, a lighting replacement study, a waste stream audit to determine the potential benefits of cardboard recycling, a study to determine the potential energy savings of a new burn-off oven, a water conservation analysis in the paint-line wash and rinse water, and an energy savings study of the powder-coat room that is kept at a cool temperature throughout the year. These projects would save 1,000,000 gallons of water, 572,390 kWh of electricity, 267 MMBtu of natural gas, and 75 tons of solid waste. This would save CST Storage $68,423 annually.


Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute P2 Intern Program

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
Not Available

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