Ener-Core Oxidizer Hits a Megawatt

August 12, 2015 in Companies, Distributed Power, new products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$2.1 Million Dresser-Rand Purchase Order Is First Commercial Order:
Two ‘Power Oxidizer’ Units to Be Integrated with KG2-3G Gas Turbine

Irvine, Calif.-based Ener-Core is commercializing its oxidation technology for putting waste gases to work as part of a megawatt-scale generator with partner Dresser-Rand. Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer has met all of the customer’s Sub Scale Acceptance Test (SSAT) criteria, and Dresser-Rand has placed a $2.1 million purchase order for two Ener-Core units.

Gas-fired two-megawatt Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF/PO turbine powerstation with Ener-Core Power Oxidizer technology

Gas-fired two-megawatt Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF/PO turbine powerstation with Ener-Core Power Oxidizer technology

Ener-Core reports receipt of an initial license payment from Dresser-Rand, too.

“We are on our way to scaling our system up to 1.75 megawatts,” said Ener-Core CEO Alain Castro.

The P.O. and license fee, he said in a release this week, “are a powerful validation by a well-established partner of the commercial viability of our technology and our ability to scale up our solution.”

Ener-Core CEO Alain Castro. Ener-Core disclosed an agreement with European flare-gas specialist Hofstetter this past April.

Ener-Core CEO Alain Castro. Ener-Core disclosed an agreement with European flare-gas specialist Hofstetter this past April.

‘Financial Payback’

“Many alternative power technologies have struggled to make the leap from the smaller, kilowatt-level systems, to the larger megawatt systems,” Castro said earlier this month. “The economics and the financial payback that can be achieved with the larger systems are far better than the economics on the smaller systems,” he said.

“What we are achieving here is a true breakthrough for the power industry as well as for the environment.”

“The Sub-Scale Acceptance Test criteria were very rigorous, and their system successfully met all of the test requirements and we are encouraged by the results,” Dresser-Rand strategic business development and commercialization VP Pierre Dumas says in Ener-Core’s SSAT announcement.

Pacific Ethanol is Initial Customer

“Our initial intention is to integrate this technology in our rugged, high-efficiency new generation KG2-3G gas turbine,” he said.

The first two integrated systems are intended for delivery to Pacific Ethanol in 2016, “as part of an innovative co-generation plant that will utilize the plant’s waste gases as fuel,” Ener-Core says. The units will be deployed in Stockton, Calif., says Pacific Ethanol VP Paul Koehler.

Ener-Core designs, develops, manufactures and has commercially deployed “unique systems that generate base-load, clean power from polluting waste gases including methane.” The Dresser-Rand Powerstation with Ener-Core Power Oxidizer can operate on “extremely low-grade or waste fuels, landfill gas, biogas, coal gas, and associated petroleum gas,” Ener-Core says. It can maintain near-zero emissions in regulated air quality markets without additional controls.

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