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NRGreen, GE launch waste energy recovery project

NRGreen Power and GE will be implementing a new technology that recovers energy from waste heat without additional emissions.


November 1, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

CALGARY: NRGreen Power and GE will be implementing a new technology that recovers energy from waste heat without additional CO2 emissions.

This new recovered energy project planned for Northern Alberta will produce power with the first global application of GE’s ORegen system.

It recovers waste heat from gas turbine exhaust (or any other low to medium grade waste heat source) and converts it into electric energy while improving plant efficiency by up to 50% or more, and unlike many cogeneration technologies, it doesn’t require the user of water or on-site supervision.

The system, to be installed at Alliance Pipeline’s Windfall Compressor Station near Whitecourt, Alta., is the latest in Organic Rankin Cycle technology, introduced recently at the Global Clean Energy Congress in Calgary.

“When constructed, the Whitecourt facility will reliably generate and deliver up to 14 megawatts of electricity per hour – enough power for 14,000 Canadian homes,” said Murray Birch, president and CEO of NRGreen, an affiliate of Alliance Pipeline.

NRGreen Power Limited Partnership, jointly owned by Veresen Inc. and Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., is a developer of clean energy that converts waste heat generated at compressor stations along the Alliance Pipeline system to produce emission-free electric power. The company currently has four waste heat recovery units operational at Kerrobert, Loreburn, Estlin and Alameda, Sask.

Construction of the Whitecourt project begins in May.

Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC), a not-for-profit, independent organization with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop clean technologies, will provide funding of $7 million.

The companies did not provide addition financial information.

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