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Turning wasted heat into new profits


Gulf Coast Green Energy, Bay City, Texas will make a presentation on their waste heat-to-power solutions for the O&G industry.

Solutions discussed will be additional fuel efficiencies for large engines, compressed gas cooling and using flare gas for a beneficial use (making power). All three applications use wasted heat to produce on-site power which reduces the cost of power for the site.

The presentation will highlight the successful Dept. of Defense funded project to reduce fuel consumption in large engines. Also highlighted will be the successful flare reduction trial in the fall of 2015. The project was funded by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and its Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Hess provided the HA-Rolfsrud well pad near Keene N.D. for the trial as well as engineering and electrical expertise.

The purpose of the trial was to put flare gas to a beneficial use by using an organic Rankine Cycle generator. EFD and HARC contracted with Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE) for the Trial. GCGE is a distributor for the ElectraTherm Power+ Generator which generates power form wasted heat.

The presentation will be made by Gulf Coast Green Energy's CEO Loy Sneary and will include an overview of the projects from design to installation/commissioning, and through the successful sustained operations. Also the Texas A&M on-site environmental assessment will be presented for the flare project which found that the trail had significant emissions reductions compared to the existing flares or gensets which burn flare gas.