Combined Heat and Power Partnership
|Contact Name||Dean Stanphill|
6595 Westchester Court|
Reno, NV 89523
|CHP-Related Web Page||http://www.gc-environmental.com/business-areas/combined-heat-and-power|
Complimentary to GCE's expertise in landfill gas to energy systems is their work with combined heat and power (CHP) systems. When conventional power systems remain in the range of 35 to 40 percent efficiency, by utilizing the waste heat generated during the production process the efficiency of a CHP system may be as much as 80 percent. Also of paramount interest to their clients is taking concrete steps to improve the environment. GCE professionals can successfully take clients through the development process. This process typically consists of a feasibility study, economic analysis, financing, permitting, engineering design, construction, construction management, commissioning, and operations and maintenance services. A summary of some of the more important consideration that are initially evaluated are as follows:
Fuel Source - In many instances, a CHP system is designed to utilize biogas that is derived from a landfill, wastewater treatment plant, or other type of digester. A consistent and clean fuel source is vital to the economic performance of the system. GCE can evaluate clients' fuel systems with regards to reliability and can also evaluate and design gas conditioning systems to prolong the life of the critical and expensive engine and heat exchange components.
Fuel to Power Systems - The following are the fuel to power systems GCE has worked with: internal combustion reciprocating engines, microturbines, and fuel cells. The select of the appropriate engine is an important consideration in the design of the CHP system. GCE has assisted clients in the selection of the appropriate engine based on the type and variability of fuel in-puts, the environmental regulation in which the project is situated, and the overall project economics. GCE has a very good working relationship with the various engine manufacturers.
Utility Interconnection - GCE has experience working in many location throughout the United States with public and private utilities on obtaining utility interconnection approvals. Many times, this step in the process is one of the most time consuming and costly parts of the development process.
Permitting - Greenhouse gas emissions is an ever more important aspect of any project. GCE professionals will walk clients through the steps to evaluate the estimated impact on existing permits and requirements to obtain new permits.