Energy Lunch: First Local Green Fuel Use Can Be in New Low-Cost 26 kW Gensets

Thursday March 16th, 2017, 12:30 PM at Port Townsend Yacht Club in the Boat Haven, 2503 Washington Street.

It’s been nearly six years since Ted Hollinger of Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) opened many eyes in Jefferson County to the potential for local use of hydrogen, ammonia and other alternative green fuels in power generation, transportation and heating. Mr. Hollinger’s June 2011 Key Speaker presentation on “Planning for the Transition to Green Ammonia Fuels in Jefferson County” got the ball rolling for local investigations of carbon-free hydrogen and ammonia fuels that lead directly to the consideration of the use of local renewable energy to produce such green fuels. This “green electricity to green fuel” connection brought the realization that substantial local prosperity can result from a transition to such local energy systems and the highly focused county and district energy planning and development work now underway here.

At the March Energy Lunch event HEC will again be providing the Key Speaker presentation generally updating what the company has been doing in the area of low cost energy technology for local green fuel production and use and in particular, describing i) newly available two cylinder 26 kW electric power generators and ii) electrically driven green fuel production devices that are directly applicable to farm use and other off-grid applications as well as to new microgrid or “islandable” energy districts for load balancing and energy resilience.

Regular attendees of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program already know that a broad energy transition is currently underway around the world and that local interests have been identifying and developing various new energy pathways that connect freely available energy in local sun, wind and water (SW2 Energy) to local energy uses i) unburdening the public power utility from having to purchase electricity from solar PV and ii) replacing imported carbon-based fossil fuels. The use of local solar energy to power electric vehicles is one such new energy pathway now under development and the SW2 Energy based local production and use of hydrogen and ammonia fuels enabled by HEC products is another such new energy pathway.

The Key Speaker in March is Victor Cordell, Vice President, Business Development for HEC-TINA, formerly Hydrogen Engine Center, a company that now includes electrolyzer technology obtained in an acquisition of the Spanish firm, TINA. Mr. Cordell is a long time associate of Mr. Hollinger, is a former military intelligence officer, and has considerable experience in new business development. He is currently planning new pilot projects for HEC-TINA energy technology where systems evaluation is provided by Idaho National Labs in Idaho Falls, ID.

Mr. Cordell’s presentation will cover i) details of a low-cost HEC-TINA 26 kW genset – a modularly assembled internal combustion engine and electric power generator – that can reliably power homes for up to a year without maintenance; ii) how this 26 kW genset can operate on existing propane supplies and/or green fuels such as hydrogen or ammonia that can be locally produced from SW2 Energy; iii) details on a small stand-alone HEC-TINA combined heat and power (CHP) unit where the 26 kW genset operates underwater capturing useful heat; iv) details on low cost HEC-TINA electrolyzers that produce hydrogen fuel from SW2 Energy; v) green fuel storage/handling safety; vi) outlines of some practical local green fuel projects.

The Key Speaker this month will provide a large number of practical options for the development and use of green fuels to all those in Jefferson County from farms, businesses or neighborhoods who are concerned about local prosperity, decarbonization and energy resilience.

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