Dresser-Rand and Ener-Core scale up integrated gas turbine technology

Alain Castro

Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business, and Ener-Core ave made progress with scaling Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, a technology that allows normally unusable waste gas as viable fuel to generate electricity, without the need to spend the extra money on the additional natural gas.

The technology, which significantly reduces volatile organic compounds released into the atmosphere, has now been scaled up to a 2 MW version while being integrated with Dresser-Rand’s KG2-3G gas turbine technology.à‚ 

The successful completion of various tests has made it possible to 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 inà‚ Stockton, California.
Alain Castro
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.à‚ 

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.

In late 2014, Ener-Core, chaired by Alain Castro (right) 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.

Dresser-Rand 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.

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