Bioenergy, C&I

New Fuel Source For Electricity Generation

Stirling Advantage, Inc., recently announced a new design for its Stirling power systems that will tap an unused source of energy for electric power production. The new design will facilitate electric generation from industrial waste heat streams, improving the efficiency of industrial processes while avoiding harmful emissions normally associated with power production.

ATHOL, Massachusetts – June 4, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “The Stirling cycle engine is unique in its ability to operate on virtually any source of heat,” notes Stirling Advantage CEO, Ricardo Conde. “The use of waste heat for electricity production can deliver significant increases in industrial productivity.” It is estimated that U.S. industrial companies spend US$11 billion annually for fuel to produce process heat for such things as glass and ceramic furnaces, foundries and melting and heat treating facilities. The Industrial Heating Equipment Association estimates that from 20 percent to 85 percent of the energy in that fuel is not used in the process. Such heat energy is often vented to the atmosphere for lack of a cost-effective means to use it. The new Stirling Advantage design will use this heat to generate electricity that can reduce a company’s power bill or be sold to the local utility. In addition to improving industrial fuel efficiency, the added electricity will require no new fuel to be burned and, thus, will create no incremental emissions. Applied globally this technology can play a significant role in cutting the growth of fossil fuel use and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Stirling Advantage, Inc., is the leading designer of commercial and industrial scale Stirling engines. Its highly efficient 200 kW engines will be used to produce electricity from a variety of heat and fuel sources, and to produce chilled water for large air conditioning applications.