As Chairman of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE), it is my pleasure to inform you about some of our plans for the future and invite you to be part of our leadership team.

Looking ahead, we see a dramatic opportunity for global growth and expansion of the market for decentralized energy (DE). The US has just begun to develop its extensive natural gas resource base utilizing new extraction technologies, which has led to abundant supplies of natural gas available at decade low prices. This has created a wave of interest in distributed natural gas fired power generation projects, which can now readily compete with traditional centralized grid power.

In addition, the imminent retirement of numerous older coal fired power plants in the US, international changes in policy regarding construction and operation of nuclear plants, changes in the global regulatory environment that will help put distributed generation on a more even footing with centralized power, and increased investment in non-dispatchable and intermittent renewables, will all lead to greater deployment of more flexible decentralized power systems.

To capture this opportunity we must be prepared to act as a unified industry to not only expose and remove poor policies and barriers that hamper the growth of decentralized energy, but also promote policies that are favourable to the industry. In the US and elsewhere there are programmes, policies and best practices that can serve as a model for building the sustainable growth platform for the future of the industry and help to avoid to mistakes of the past that have led to far too many underperforming project results. In addition, the November elections in the US are likely to bring many new members and staff to Congress who will be in need of education and awareness of the industry and our issues.

WADE plans to examine experiences in US states such as California and New York, as well as countries like Germany, Spain and Italy that can offer lessons for best practices. Exciting new opportunities from micro-CHP expansion, new mid-size commercial and industrial sized packaged power technologies, larger high efficiency regional grid support engine platforms and renewable DE models are also gaining traction as cost effective and sustainable solutions.

In addition, we have underway a number of activities in the US and globally that will help drive the market forward, such as joint initiatives with the US natural gas industry on gas fired CHP and DE, a series of planned webinars with the electric industry, a recent briefing of Capitol Hill staff on the advantages of CHP and decentralized energy and the need for a more favourable policy environment, and the launch of the WADE China office in Beijing following successful implementation of our $2 million China programme with the US Department of State.

As global economic conditions stabilize and show signs of growth, it is important that we remain unified, strong and focused to capture the opportunities produced by the global need for clean, efficient, flexible and sustainable decentralized energy. I would personally be excited about the chance to have you as part of our WADE team.

Please feel free to call me at +1 781-635-6352 or contact me by email at SZilonis@Dresser-Rand.com to discuss these matters further. I sincerely hope that you will accept this invitation and look forward to talking with you soon.

Very truly yours,

Stephen A. Zilonis, CPE Chairman
World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

Vice President Sales and Marketing
Dresser-Rand Power North America


WADE Serves as a Global Incubator for Clean Tech Startups

WADE’s global network of energy leaders and experts can help launch new enterprises focused on clean and sustainable decentralized energy technologies and services. We can lend assistance with a range of activities to help your startup gain global traction, including marketing your business and developing strategic partners and alliances; raising capital and attracting investors; commercializing and managing your technology; compliance with the myriad regulatory and legal issues; as well as a host of other services.

For information on how WADE can help launch your startup please send us an email to info@localpower.org.

Startup Spotlight: WADE Member DERP Technologies among finalists of Utility Technology Challenge

The grid is ageing and growing less reliable. Huge centralized power plants are highly capital intensive and may take a dozen years to be commissioned. In the US mid-Atlantic region alone, nuclear power plants have been cancelled and massive transmission and distribution projects have been shelved, leaving few prospects for adding capacity.

DERP Technologies LLC of Hagerstown, Maryland is a startup with technology that can help generate more project investment and development of distributed generation resources through utility-scale installations with community-scale ‘renewable energy generating stations’.

DERP TECH is developing a new interconnection device, called the Power Continuity Unit (PCU). The PCU — when integrated with a system of event sensors, storage, load management devices, and load-shedding capabilities – delivers DG in a parallel mode, but can also ensure that power is continuously delivered to critical feeders when there is a blackout. Most importantly, these DERP Systems can be deployed in a matter of months – not years. Hundreds of such community-scale supplies of DG are envisioned, networked together through the PCU devices.

Earlier this summer, DERP TECH was selected to be one of 15 national finalists in the Utility Technology Challenge. DERP TECH was chosen because of innovations in the design of its PCU, which will enable a widespread network of community-scale ‘renewable energy generating stations’ to be dispatched at the local distribution network level of the utility industry. ‘We are keenly interested in the civil defence and homeland security opportunities of an effective, well-integrated distributed generation network, one that allows critical loads to remain functioning through adaptive islanding when the main or bulk grid fails,’ explained Rebecca Rush, managing director of DERP TECH.

A series of events in the mid-Atlantic region, including blackouts and extreme heat, have prompted Maryland’s governor to issue an executive order for new solutions to the state’s grid reliability be on his desk in October. The City of Frostburg, Maryland, is on record as wanting to be a beta-site for the DERP PCU.

DERP TECH is pursuing partnerships, both in IT development and durable storage techniques. The company is also discussing its solutions with east-coast utilities and government agencies. For more information, contact Ms. Rush at 301-797-4260 or email her at pcu@derptech.net


WADE at CUMMINS Channel Partner Meeting

Wroclaw, Poland: On the invitation from CUMMINS, Syed Z Hassan, Programme Director, WADE, attended the Channel Partners Meeting in Poland on 3–5 July. Delegates from the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Nigeria, China, Germany, Belgium, France and Japan were told about product development, additional support for partners, global appraisal of market opportunities and Cummins technical lead in international markets.

Mr. Hassan made a presentation on ‘Potential and Possibilities of CHP’.


WADE Canada Organizes Project Enablement Sessions to Support DE Industry

Calgary, Alberta (15 June 2012). Through its Innovation to Commercialization Programme (I2CP), WADE Canada provides project enablement support to the decentralized energy (DE) industry. The objective of the Project Enablement Sessions is to create a dynamic setting for project development and one-on-one project implementation meetings.

Participants in Session

WADE Canada started these sessions with six projects delivered in two days with 44 participants. Topics raised included economic feasibility, technology, funding and legal frameworks.

Next Steps:

WADE Canada’s I2CP objectives were fulfilled in the following ways:

• Connections made at these sessions have opened collaboration opportunities including project partners, investor leads, and government funding dialogue.

  • The importance of these sessions is rooted in collaboration between customers and suppliers. The diversity in technologies that exist in the DE industry makes integration a pivotal area of focus. WADE Canada works to reduce project risks by bringing the relevant experts to the table to help project proponents navigate through the challenges and delays that have traditionally ‘killed’ DE projects.
  • WADE Canada will continue to develop opportunities initiated in these sessions with a focus on implementing new DE capacity in Canada.

PROJECT SUMMARIES

  • AnzoicLoop Thermal Energy Generation Project

Presented by Owen Hoffman, Vice President at Anzoic Energy Inc.

The Anzoic Loop Thermal Energy Generation Project uses an innovative borehole design, advanced drilling techniques, hybrid systems design and BIM software for building modelling and analysis, and heat source and sink utilization with new flow and pumping technologies.

  • Piikani Nation ‘Green’ House Project

Presented by Natoshia Bastein, CEO at Piikani Nation and Cory Krygier, President at Jigsaw Homes Inc.

The Piikani Nation “Green” House Project is an 111 m2 ‘green’ house design. The energy systems highlighted in the design include a modular solar thermal system to offset space heating and domestic hot water needs, a solar PV array, and an integrated energy management system with remote monitoring and controls. The project aims to showcase clean technology applications and to increase the capacity of Piikani Nation’s personnel in clean technology installation, utilization and application.

  • Wind Walk – a MIKE HOLMES Inspired Smart Community

Presented by Vu Tran, VP Development and Jim Floyd, VP Energy Solutions at Wind Walk

The Wind Walk – a MIKE HOLMES Inspired Smart Community is an integrated, sustainable community development initiative in the Municipal District of Foothills in Southern Alberta. Sustainable Systems include: CHP systems, micro-generation (solar and wind), advanced distribution design, high speed communications, community energy storage, automated demand management, Smart Grids, electric or hybrid vehicles, and community based security.

  • Hydrofaction Commercial Demonstration Plant

Presented by Perry Toms, President at Steeper Energy Canada

The Hydrofaction Commercial Demonstration Plant is a fourth generation technology using ‘super critical’ or ‘hydrothermal’ chemistry to transform low-energy density fuel feedstocks into high-energy density and valuable energy products. The Commercial Demonstration Plant uses the Hydrofaction process to upgrade peat, timber waste and agricultural residues into a middle distillate synthetic crude oil. The synthetic crude oil can be used directly in a two stroke diesel for power generation or marine applications, or it can be upgraded at a refinery into diesel and jet fuel.

  • Grow the Energy Circle: A responsible farm scale bio-energy venture

Presented by Chris Perry, Founder and President at Growtec

Grow the Energy Circle farm-scale bio-energy venture features an innovative farm waste-to-energy system utilizing IMUS technology from HimarkbioGasInc. Feedstocks includes feedlot manure, cull onions and cull potatoes, municipal biodegradable waste diverted from landfills and more, to produce 633 kW of continuous baseload power.

  • Energy Optimization for Building and Community Applications

Presented by Milton Kielhbuch, President and CEO at GeoSpectrum Energy

This project is a data storage and metering interface for energy management that supports technologies that measure, monitor and record gas, electricity, water, fire, security and heating. The technology and software make buildings smarter by integrating a user friendly and publicly accessible dashboard for building owners and tenants to measure, monitor and interact with their energy utilization.

More COSPP Articles
Past COSPP Issues