The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded two, $3.5 million contracts to Gas Technology Institute (GTI) for new combined heat and power (CHP) and waste recovery technologies at industrial facilities in California. GTI is an energy and environmental research and development organization.
In order to support these and other initiatives, GTI has established a satellite office in Davis, Calif.
GTI and its partners will develop a fuel-flexible hybrid CHP system that integrates a partial oxidation gas turbine with a reciprocating internal combustion engine. The system will be demonstrated at the San Bernardino Water Reclamation plant.
GTI received a $1.8 million grant from the CEC to develop and demonstrate the hybrid generation CHP system that can use natural gas and biogas produced by anaerobic digesters at wastewater treatment plants and landfills. The system will produce electricity for on-site use and enable compliance with California Air Resources Board 2007 emission standards for distributed generation. The project is expected to be completed in March 2015. The city of San Bernardino and Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) are partnering on the project and will provide $887,000 in matching funds.
GTI also received a $1.73 million grant to demonstrate an innovative technology that converts waste heat in high-temperature exhaust gases into electricity on an average-sized industrial furnace by generating heated water that drives an Organic Rankin Cycle Engine (ORCE) generator.
Demonstration of the new system will take place at Shultz Steel Company in South Gate, Calif. SoCalGas and N2 Energy Solutions will partner with GTI on this project, which is scheduled for completion in October 2014.
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