Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beyond Cogeneration and Trigeneration Strategies

  • Beyond Cogeneration and Trigeneration (based on a US$65million project that I led from conceptualization to bidding).
    • Description
      • Thermodynamic cycles are as efficient as they could be. When we use a Combustion Engine's exhaust gases to power an ABSORPTION HEAT PUMP we harvest energy from the "environment" to bring this energy into the system to do more work there! 
      • The resulting NEW system does MORE WORK than what is available just from the fuel ALONE!
    • The Commodity. This environmentally-friendly engineering configuration is described in five components
      • First. With the cost of fuel to generate electricity, the proponent also receives chilling and heating energy. Electricity, chilling, and heating are normally procured separately, thus, the proponent incurs three costs. 
      • Second. The capital investments to make this happen have payback, resulting in a very high internal rate of return (IRR).
      • Third. In the financial statement, the three costs above are replaced with "Cost of Fuel" at the Expense Stream. The three services are no longer procured, thus, they now become savingsSavings belong to the Revenue Stream.
      • Fourth. As containerized units, Engineering and manufacturing costs are optimized. Delivery become very flexible. Since the units would be modular, installation would be a matter of stacking them up, or putting them side by side, to achieve higher capacities for grocery stores, supermarkets, buildings and hospitals.
      • Fifth. For large applications, similar to the US$65-million project that I led in 1998, engineering and procurement will be for a specific location.
    • What is the size of the market?
      • Since the modular system is not available anywhere else in the world, the market is the whole world, developed and developing countries alike.
      • The system for large applications are best suited for areas that are located near fishing ports for cold storage, and in large farms, that need the first two items below. If the third item is added, the attractiveness of the investment becomes enviable.
        • Electricity
        • Chilling
        • Heating and/or Drying