The Gen4 Module produces 70 MW of thermal power that can be converted to produce up to 25MW of electricity per installation. The flexibility of the Gen4 Module to produce steam and/or electricity lends itself to applications ranging from supplying process heat for heavy industry to electricity for consumer electrical power applications.
Gen4 Energy has identified three substantial markets for which its technology is an excellent solution for producing dependable baseload power:
- Mining/Oil and Gas Production
- Isolated and Island Communities
- Government Facilities
Mining/Oil and Gas Production (Mining, Refining, Production of Minerals and Petro-chemicals):
These clients require local, reliable power, often in remote, severe climate locations that lack transportation infrastructure. Co-generation of steam and electricity are often needed in these types of projects and in some regions of the world, remote mining operations are required to provide electricity for local populations as a condition of doing business. All over the world, these clients are coming under increasing pressure to reduce/minimize carbon and facility footprints, environmental impacts and consumptive usage of water. The Gen4 Module is an ideal solution – the reduction of business risk regarding fuel cost variability and intermittent power will be industry game changers for all of these types of customers.
Specific markets include:
- Precious metals
- Industrial Ferrous metals
- Oil Sands and Shale extraction, Upgrading and refining
- Artic Oil extraction, upgrading and transport
Isolated communities require new energy sources for economic development. They need to increase generation efficiency, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and find cleaner sources of electricity. This includes islands in the South Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and remote communities in Alaska, Canada, South America, and Europe. In 2009, the global number of people completely without access to electricity was 1.4 billion or 20% of the world’s population. In 2010, there were 170 island communities with populations over 100,000. An estimated 30% of those communities depend on government subsidies for electricity production. In these island communities, electricity cost ranged from 18-47 cents per KWh, with a majority on the higher end, and almost entirely generated by the burning of fossil fuels.
One of the reasons for high electric costs in those communities that do have access to electricity, is the lack of electric distribution infrastructure to take advantage of mass production from coal, natural gas, and large nuclear plants. These communities rely on regional cooperative plants burning heavy oil, diesel, and natural gas. Diesel and heavy oil fueled electricity generation is very expensive due to transportation and market price fluctuations for fuel. There is also a desire to improve health and environmental quality and a need to reduce, control, and minimize the usage of fresh water, especially in arid and island regions that have a fixed supply of this precious resource. In traditional fossil fuels, the processes and safety procedures that ensure air and water quality add to the costs of generation. In areas where these are not applied at the generation site, there is an additional human cost to health and natural resource impacts.
The Gen4 Module addresses the needs and concerns due to its clean production of power and at a cost that is below the current diesel burden.
Gen4 Modules may play an essential role in providing power for government installations in the U.S. and around the globe. For national security, it makes sense that facilities be powered independent of the local grid. Gen4 Modules can ensure energy independence while providing electrical power with the added bonus of drastically lowered carbon emissions.
The need for new energy sources has evolved from overall cost saving measures to more focused concerns on environmental impact and security issues, such as susceptibility of national grids and the reliance on foreign sources of liquid fuels.
The Gen4 Module technology can contribute in the following ways:
- Help minimize the logistics load and reduce the vulnerability of fuel supply lines.
- Increase government resilience to energy price and supply volatility where disruption is of prime concern.
- Contribute to national goals, such as reducing reliance on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce vulnerability; fixed installations currently depend on the local electric grid to power mission-critical systems and equipment.
- Scalable technology can supply baseload power for distributed power production grids.