Dal-Tile's Superpower Energy Solution
Spray-drying is an essential step in the tile manufacturing process, using hot air to turn liquid into a dry powder that is then pressed into tiles. The spray dryer at Dal-Tile’s Dickson, Tennessee, plant is the first in the world to be powered by microturbine engines, which makes for greater energy efficiency as microturbines automatically adjust generated power to match a facility’s load.
The microturbines are part of a combined heat and power system (CHP) that uses a combination of natural gas and electricity. Dickson plant teams worked on planning and process testing of the CHP for more than 18 months, and implemented the system in late 2019.