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Natural Gas Power Production

Power outages result in lost productivity, damage to refrigerated inventory, safety and security issues as well as the loss of customers and opportunities. The need for reliable electrical power is a priority issue across the nation. To help solve these issues, new technologies have emerged such as the fuel cell and microturbines. As a result, businesses have been given an increasing variety of power production options. Some of the options are as follows:

  • Cogeneration (also called Combined Heat and Power or CHP)
  • Natural Gas Engines
  • Emerging Technologies

Cogeneration, (also called Combined Heat and Power or CHP), is the simultaneous production of electricity, heating and cooling in a single process and with an overall efficiency exceeding 70%.

Over the years, the refinement and development of cogeneration technology has resulted in overall efficiency reaching as high as 90%. Through the utilization of heat from electric generation and the avoidance of transmission losses because of on-site generation, cogeneration can reduce primary energy usage compared with power stations and heat only boilers. Also, cogeneration can and does reduce the emissions of pollutants to the environment, and can reduce your energy costs.

Emerging Technologies this area of technology and development is working on several innovative devices to deliver useful, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly electrical energy. Some of the devices being developed and in use are microturbines, and fuel cells.

The future of power generation and distribution is moving toward powerful small-scale solutions that are located on the premises in hotels, office and apartment buildings, greenhouses and factories. These units also provide heat as well as electricity. This combination of heat and electricity production increases the overall efficiency of the units. The microturbine is an answer to small-scale electricity generation. Microturbine technology has emerged from four different technologies: small gas turbines, auxiliary power units, automotive development gas turbines and turbochargers. The term "microturbine" refers basically to high-speed turbines in the size range of 15-300 kw.

Another new technology for generating electric power without the direct use of any mechanical equipment is the FUEL CELL. There are more than a dozen variants of fuel cells. All units basically use the same concept. Typically, Hydrogen and Oxygen are electro-chemically combined, in a system, similar to a battery, and direct-current electricity is produced. This direct-current electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert to AC power. The potential of the fuel cell is the potential to nearly eliminate emissions with near perfect reliability. The fuel cell, in its operation, provides both electric power and heat that is used to furnish hot water and/or building/area heating.


Natural gas engines have been used for years as the driving force to provide electric power. They have typically been used in stand-by or emergency power generation. They are available as prime movers for permanent service. These units are available in a wide range of output capacities. With natural gas as the fuel of choice, they operate with reduced exhaust emissions.

Should you have an interest in any of the items above, please give us a call at Roanoke Gas 777-4427.

 

 

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