Generates Clean Power from Waste & Low-Quality Gases,
The First Production Units Are Destined for Pacific Ethanol
Ener-Core has initiated a full-scale acceptance test (FSAT) connecting its first-ever 2-megawatt “Power Oxidizer” with the Siemens/Dresser-Rand KG2-3G gas turbine, paving the way for the generation of large amounts of power from poor quality gases.
The equipment “will be very beneficial to companies in a variety of industries,” Ener-Core says – citing landfills, coal mines, oil and gas production, and food processing – “as it allows them to not only meet environmental standards but get a financial payback.”
The successful FSAT will trigger the payment to Ener-Core of a $1.6 million license fee from the Dresser-Rand unit, part of Siemens Power and Gas, Ener-Core says. Dresser-Rand will be cleared to assemble and ship the first two commercial systems to Pacific Ethanol (HHP Insight, August 12, 2015).
“Launching this innovative power-generation technology at the utility-scale size represents a significant contribution to both the energy industry as well as to the pollution abatement industry,” Ener-Core CEO Alain Castro said in a release. “A 2-megawatt system is large enough to power 2,000 to 3,000 homes,” he said.
“With this system we can enable many industries to generate this amount of power from their poor-quality waste gases that usually get discarded and end up as air pollution.”
The Skeptics Will See
“Being able to offer a wide range of industries the ability to generate power from their low-quality gases, in contrast to flaring them off, is a big win for the environment, but there are financial rewards as well,” Castro told HHP Insight.
“Once industry leaders learn how effectively this alternative technology can enhance their bottom line, we believe any initial skepticism on their part will be quickly transformed into enthusiasm.
“In an era when governments around the world are mandating reforms to industrial output of greenhouse gases, the widespread adoption of this type of technology is definitely the best path forward,” he said.
A ‘Combined Solution’
Ener-Core’s pact with Siemens Dresser-Rand exclusive rights to commercialize the Ener-Core Power Oxidizer technology in the 1- to 4-megawatt range, bundled with Dresser-Rand’s KG2 gas turbine. “The combined solution provides both companies with a unique and significant commercial advantage to address the burgeoning market of emissions compliance,” Ener-Core says. The firms’ commercial license agreement was signed in November 2014.
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Source: Ener-Core with HHP Insight follow-up