WINDSOR, Colo., July 29, 2003 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing Encorp technologies that facilitate the efficient production of clean on-site power and thermal energy, has added Encorp to its innovative Combined Heat and Power Partnership.
The goal of the EPA partnership, comprised of approximately 93 companies, institutions, end users and government agencies across the country, is to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy sector through expanded use of combined heat and power installed in the U.S.
This year alone, the EPA is working with such partner organizations as Encorp, RealEnergy and NiSource Inc., to implement more than 400 megawatts of environmentally beneficial combined heat and power projects. Four hundred megawatts is enough power to meet the electricity needs of more than 400,000 homes in the United States a year.
Combined heat and power — or cogeneration — is the simultaneous production of electric power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. CHP is a more efficient, cleaner and reliable alternative to conventional generation.
“U.S. fossil-fueled power plants average just 33 percent efficiency,” said Luis Troche, EPA liaison to Encorp. “This means two-thirds of energy in the fuel is lost as heat. CHP systems recycle this energy, achieving effective electrical efficiencies of up to 70 percent.
“CHP is much more environmentally friendly,” Troche added, “reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, mercury, particulate matter and carbon dioxide — the leading greenhouse gas associated with climate change. And CHP helps conserve our limited fossil fuel resources.”
An example of a CHP system can be found at California Natural Products in Lathrop, Calif. In addition to generating electricity when needed, the system, which features Encorp technology, turns excess engine heat — often considered an unusable byproduct of an on-site power system — into a tool that helps process rice and other ingredients in the company’s round-the-clock manufacturing process.
Designed to supplement power from Pacific Gas & Electric and provide back- up power for specific critical loads in the event of a utility brownout or blackout, Encorp expects the California Natural Products system to produce more than 9.4 million kilowatt hours annually — enough electrical energy to power 135,000 100-watt light bulbs for a year.
For Encorp, joining the EPA partnership gives the company a direct dialogue with the EPA on co-generation emissions-measurement issues, access to EPA research on CHP market studies and the benefits of having EPA representatives serve as an Encorp liaison on environmental and regulatory issues.
“It’s quite an honor to be included in the EPA partnership,” said Dennis Orwig, Encorp CEO. “Encorp technologies already are featured on CHP projects nationwide that produce a substantial amount of electrical and thermal power. Our involvement in the partnership will rapidly expand our involvement in additional CHP projects.”
Orwig indicated Encorp’s new Energy Management Center service is an ideal technology for combined heat and power projects.
“Our Energy Management Center is an automated service that communicates with on-site power systems. It collects data, sends alarms and delivers critical analysis. Together these allow for optimal decision-making, reduced emissions and enhanced cost savings,” Orwig said.
Encorp has engineered services, software and hardware for the distributed-energy industry since 1994. The company received ISO 9001:2000 registration earlier this year.
In addition to the Energy Management Center, Encorp has developed Virtual Maintenance Monitor™ software that allows operators to remotely monitor and control the activity of engine generators, and Virtual Power Plant™ software that allows local and remote communication with multiple gensets and other distributed-energy assets. The company also manufactures the well-known “Gold Box” or Generator Power Control™, digital paralleling switchgear and more.
Encorp was named the second fastest-growing technology company in Colorado and the 206th fastest-growing technology company nationwide by Deloitte & Touche in 2002. The same year, Encorp received the “Project of the Year” Award from Power Engineering Magazine for its work with a California independent power producer. The American Business Awards recognized Encorp’s Energy Management Center as a national finalist for a 2003 Stevie Award — Best New Product.
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