2.8 MW Co-Gen Facility, Lincoln, Alabama

Kittyhawk 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.   

The 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. 

With 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 turbine-generator system.


Kitttyhawk Project Site in Lincoln Alabama

Construction of this project is scheduled to begin in late summer 2015.  The Kittyhawk 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 system components.

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. 

Operational Emissions

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     

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

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 :