2.8 MW Co-Gen Facility, Lincoln, Alabama
is the company’s first commercial scale project which was designed and
manufactured in Vista California. It
is a 2.8 MW system, and is being relocated
to Lincoln Alabama.
Company has also relocated and commissioned its R&D Combustion
facility to the Lincoln site. The
economic opportunity of this site is that it places the company’s
first energy project in the middle of an industrial development corridor
along Interstate 20 between Birmingham and Atlanta that needs
distributed generation to support its electrical grid.
There are significant economic incentives being offered to
companies to relocate to this region by both Alabama and Georgia, all of
whom will need electrical power beyond what the current grid can supply.
One example of the types of companies that have come to the
region is Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (Honda), who is the
project’s next door neighbor.
a successful operation of the Kittyhawk project, the Company is
confident that it will be able to use its qualifications for USDA Loan
guarantees to develop and construct many more facilities in this region,
thereby leveraging its cash flow from the first project to grow the
company’s production base much quicker than in California.
The build out of the
project consists of the construction of the original 2.8 MW
system, consisting of a twin combustion
units driving separate heat recovery steam
generators, which in turn provide a
combined steam flow to a single 2.8 MW
Kitttyhawk Project Site in Lincoln Alabama
Construction of this project
is scheduled to begin in late summer 2015.
Facility is planned to process approximately
80 tons per day of biomass
and waste and produce approximately 1 ton of mineral ash materials per
day. The mineral ash
materials will be comprised primarily of calcium, silicon, magnesium,
phosphorus and potassium oxides.
The Company anticipates that some
of the electricity produced will be used to operate
compressors, CO2 recovery equipment and other manufacturing equipment in support of the equipment
needs of the Corporation, with the surplus sold to the Utility
on an “as available” basis. The Kittyhawk project will be
constructed in the Project’s main 50,000 square foot
industrial location in Lincoln Alabama, adjacent to the Research and
Development system. The photos below show the first combustion system
fit check prior to shipment along with a fuel storage box, and other
All fuel for Kittyhawk is expected to come
from a radius of less than 60 miles by road, or less than 200 miles by
rail (Atlanta). The Company believes that approximately 300,000
tons per year of suitable biomass fuel materials are available to the
Facility annually. The Kittyhawk Project site in Lincoln Alabama
will be the first commercial deployment of the Company's proprietary CO2
to fuels technology, and the first functional bio-refinery of its type
in our Country.
Proposed emission control devices for use in the facility include solid urea injection into the fuel supply, a passive NOx catalytic converter, dust cyclones, a wet misting spray scrubber, a wet electrostatic spray precipitator, and CO2 recovery scrubbers. Total emissions from the project site are expected to be less than 50 pounds per day of any regulated air contaminate (NOx, SOx, HC, PM), which would be roughly 5% or less of what traditional biomass combustion systems would produce using the same feed stock for fuel.Research and Development System, TC-4
The Company's R&D combustion facility has been relocated to Lincoln and commissioned. The company plans to upgrade TC 4 from a 95 kw steam turbine to a 340 kw steam turbine generator system and convert it from a pure R&D system to a commercial system. TC 4 would then provide approximately 240 kw of power to the entire facility during the construction of the Kittyhawk Project operating 24/7, and provide heat to the other buildings in the facility until the 2.8 MW Kittyhawk system is operational. TC 4 is scheduled to become the Company's first fully operational "mini" power generating system by the Fall of 2015.
The first formal emissions stack testing of the TC 4 unit were conducted during the week of October 7th, 2013. The full test report is available on this link http://www.envirepel.com/test1.pdf
Here are some highlights from the report:
Raw Combustion Emissions look like this:
This is a comparison of actual emission factors against Federal AP 42 standards for this type of combustion system:
Video of the TC-4 unit running is available on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D6vahjugxM
Below are photos of the facility showing the fuel feed and combustion unit, the heat recovery boiler, economizer, dust collector, induction fan, wet scrubber, gasification inside the combustion unit, and video feed from the facility cameras showing inside and outside views of the facility :