, HOUSTONSept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business, and Ener-Core (OTCQB: ENCR) have made progress with scaling Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer up to a two megawatt (MW) version while being integrated with Dresser-Rand’s KG2-3G gas turbine technology.
By replacing a gas turbine’s traditional combustor with Power Oxidation technology, low-quality and previously unusable waste gases that are currently flared into the atmosphere can be converted into heat that can be used to generate low-cost on-site clean power and steam.
At the University of California, Irvine, a test gas turbine unit paired with Power Oxidation Technology yielded significant results in generating electricity from low-BTU gases that are typically considered to be too low in quality to be used as a fuel for power generation, while also reducing emissions.
The status quo across many industries is to take low-density waste gases and blend them with natural gas so that they can be flared in order to comply with environmental air quality regulations.
During a special event held in September 2015, Dresser-Rand and Ener-Core were able to demonstrate how this technology allows clients to now use this normally unusable waste gas as viable fuel to generate electricity, without the need to spend the extra money on the additional natural gas. It also significantly reduces volatile organic compounds released into the atmosphere.
The successful completion of various tests has made it possible for Dresser-Rand and Ener-Core to confidently move forward with the production of two integrated 2 MW KG2 gas turbines incorporating Power Oxidizers that will be installed at Pacific Ethanol’s plant in Stockton, Calif.
The Dresser-Rand KG2-3G gas turbine is a highly efficient 2 MW turbine designed to meet demanding emissions regulations. Combined with Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, and based on test results performed by third parties on a smaller gas turbine, both Dresser-Rand and Ener-Core are expecting similar and dramatic improvements in NOx emissions with no post-exhaust treatment. As an added benefit, due to the operation of the Power Oxidizer, in most cases pre-treatment of even some of the most difficult waste gas streams can also be eliminated.
In late 2014, Ener-Core entered into a global licensing agreement with Dresser-Rand to develop and market Dresser-Rand’s KG2-3G 2 MW gas turbine coupled with Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer.
The Dresser-Rand business, which was recently acquired by Siemens, offers some of the most efficient and environmentally friendly technology platforms, products and services in distributed power generation for oil and gas, industrial, institutional and commercial clients and rural electrification programs. Solutions include: combined heat and power (CHP) systems, biogas-fueled gen-sets, hybrid systems (solar photovoltaic and engine-based gen-sets), biomass and waste-to-energy steam turbine generators, compressed air energy storage (CAES) and more.
For further information on the Dresser-Rand business, please see www.dresser-rand.com.
For further information on Dresser-Rand KG2-3G gas turbines, please see www.dresser-rand.com/products-solutions/gas-turbines/kg2-3g-gas-turbines/
For further information on Ener-Core, please see www.ener-core.com.
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