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Washington Ridge “Biomass Fueled Microturbine” Project. Introduction and Overview of Washington Ridge Youth Conservation Camp Project - 3 year MOU & Team Building Biomass Fueled MicroTurbine Equipment, R&D Technology & Feedstock

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washington ridge biomass fueled microturbine project
Washington Ridge “Biomass Fueled Microturbine” Project
  • Introduction and Overview of Washington Ridge Youth Conservation Camp
  • Project - 3 year MOU & Team Building
  • Biomass Fueled MicroTurbine Equipment, R&D Technology & Feedstock
  • Washington Ridge “101” – Biomass Lessons learned and being learned

Presented by Tom Amesbury

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Washington Ridge Youth Conservation Camp Administration BuildingLocated 10 miles east of Nevada City at 4,000’ Elevation within the Tahoe National Forest Boundary

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site plan
Site Plan

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biomass fueled microturbine
Biomass Fueled MicroTurbine
  • Energy Generation Approach
  • R&D & Equipment Needed for Implementation
  • Woody Biomass Feedstock

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chiptec 2 million btu hr gassifier
Chiptec – 2 Million BTU/Hr Gassifier
  • Chiptec Wood Gassifier
  • 17 Year Vermont Company
  • 99% Gasification Combustion for 2,300F Exhaust Output
  • Feedstock flexibility – 3” minus chip size, up to 45% moisture content, mixed species
  • Advanced fuel feed system
  • Multiple Safety Redundancy
  • Electronic emission and performance monitoring equip.
  • O&M Training and Service Contract

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from exhaust gas to ambient air heat exchanger
From Exhaust Gas to Ambient Air “Heat Exchanger”
  • R&D Technology Proto Type

Quoted Cost @ $110,000

  • R&D & Interconnect Costs have been Estimated at $1,400,000
  • 84% UC Davis Modeled Efficiency
  • 2100F Intake – 1700F outflow pressurized to 3.5 Bars by Micro-turbine
  • 40% BTU Surplus from Turbine Exhaust for Space Heat to Camp
  • Gassifier Exhaust Deposition Research Funding proposal being developed with UC Davis
  • Capital Funding current being sought from Public and Private Sources

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Modular Proven Off the Shelf Equipment75 kW output to CampCommitment for “Base Load-24/7” Generation“CEC” Certified Grid Interconnect “Rule 21’ StandardsAir to Air Heat Exchanger Knowledge & Leadership14% to 23% Electrical Energy Conversion

Capstone Turbine Corporation

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advantages of the biomass fired microturbine
Advantages of the Biomass Fired MicroTurbine
  • Gas turbine operated on a clean working medium – Air
  • Heat Exchanger - Simplicity & Minimal # components
  • Lower environmental impacts – Eliminates the need for waste water/steam consumption or cleanup
  • Commercial components available for Gasification and MicroTurbine Equipment
  • Indirect fired gas turbines offer potentially higher over all efficiency
  • Modular design allows for “Base Load” expansion to onsite need

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Camp Energy Audit

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Camp Energy Audit

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washington ridge 101
Washington Ridge “101”

Lessons Learned and Being Learned

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Washington Ridge “101”

Collaboration and “Team” Building – Key to successes of project

Multi party “Team” Leadership – Shares over all “Risk” of Biomass development ventures

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Sources of Electricity For CaliforniaCalifornia 1999 Gross System Electricity Production

Source : California Energy Commission

Resource Type

Gigawatt-Hours

Percentage

Hydro

41,617

15.09%

Nuclear

40,419

14.66%

Coal

36,327

13.17%

Oil

55

0.02%

Natural Gas

84,703

30.71%

Geothermal

13,251

4.80%

Biomass & Waste

5,663

2.05%

Wind

3,433

1.24%

Solar

838

0.30%

Imports - NW

26,051

9.45%

Imports - SW

23,436

8.50%

275,793

100.00%

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Woody Biomass in California has always been a “Waste Management” issue as opposed a “Renewable Energy Fuel” source

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Washington Ridge “101”

Minimal R&D Investments in Biomass as a fuel have been made as compared to others such as fossil fuels and nuclear.

$0 Private Industrial R&D Investments in Biomass as a “Renewable Fuel”

Limited public program funding available for “DG” Biomass R&D projects

Venture Capital is non-existent for renewables in our uncertain energy market

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Washington Ridge “101”

Wood Fuel is a Good Energy Value

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Washington Ridge “101”

“DG” High Pressure Steam systems not cost effective -Capital outlay, Fuel consumption, Full Time Attendant (Cal-OSHA), Safety, and Water requirement

No “Turn-Key” “DG” biomass conversion “Base-Load” equipment Available

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Washington Ridge “101”
  • Large utilities are followers and are disinterested in supporting Renewable “Distributed Generation” & grid interconnect

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questions
Questions

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