An Energy-Conscious Innovator
As The Dow Chemical Company’s product line grew in the early 1900s, Herbert H. Dow sought new methods for conserving energy in Company operations. He teamed with electrical pioneer George Westinghouse to develop industrial cogeneration, a process that provides steam and electricity for manufacturing. Cogeneration remains one of the most efficient ways of extracting energy from fossil fuels and is widely used in Dow’s operations today.
As one of the largest industrial energy consumers in the world, Dow has consistently been on the forefront of new energy technology improvements. Today, Dow is one of the largest industrial buyers of renewable energy, which is used to help power its manufacturing sites and reduce its carbon footprint. In Brazil, Dow is using renewable biomass and hydropower as an energy source. In Texas, Dow has entered long-term wind power purchase agreements for its operations.
Herbert H. Dow, circa 1901, age 35
Photo credit: Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation