New Zealand Foam Latex

A range of wood fuels is sourced locally and used to produce steam for the manufacturing process.
Description of facility: 

With its future at stake, New Zealand Foam Latex needed an economically viable and environmentally friendly fuel to produce steam needed to manufacture their products - all made from foam. Coal was cheap, from $6.10/GJ. But emissions and the costs of mitigating them ruled it out Diesel and LPG would cost over $30/GJ. Wood was cost-effective and clean-burning. A variety of sources s=helped assure reliable supply - forestry hoggings, timberyard residues, left-over pallets and demolition, even dunnage reclaimed from shipping. Wood now costs NZFL around $4,44/GJ, six or seven times less than diesel or LPG and over 25% less than coal. Additionally using wood has reduced NZFL's CO2 emissions by 4200 tonnes a year and avoids 1,000 tonnes of wood going to landfill. (June 2009)

Facility type: 
Heat
Application: 
Heat Process
Technology type: 
Conventional Combustion
Fuel/Feedstock: 
Wood Fuel
Primary Output: 
Heat
Size: 
Medium
Co-generation: 
No
Address: 
96 Marshall Street, Woolston, Christchurch City
Region: 
Central South Island
Geo Location: 
Further information: 
Wood secures future for New Zealand Foam Latex: EECA case study