President Obama Visits ElectraTherm and Promotes Renewable Energy from Waste Heat

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Carson City, NV – Carson City, NV – April 25, 2011 ElectraTherm, Inc. a leader in small-scale heat to power generation, hosted President Obama on Thursday, April 22, where the President held a town hall meeting for ElectraTherm employees, clean energy advocates and legislative officials. The President spoke to the audience of 425 for more than an hour, the only Reno stop on his “Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity” tour.

ElectraTherm is a clean energy company headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Its product, the Green Machine, generates fuel-free, emission free power from low to mid temperature waste heat using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and patented technology. The company was founded in 2005 and has 12 units in the field, including the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Michigan and So. Carolina. ElectraTherm employs 44, 12 of which have been hired since January 2011.

“I want to congratulate ElectraTherm for being a fine example of a clean energy company that’s been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years,” said President Obama. “When you’re talking about waste heat, every business, every industry, is generating some sort of energy byproduct, some sort of heat; it’s going up in smoke stacks and nobody is using it.  And the question is, can we capture that energy and use it in a smart way?  That’s what ElectraTherm is all about.”

“The visit by the President of the United States is a significant accomplishment for ElectraTherm and we were honored to host the event,” said John Fox, ElectraTherm’s Chief Executive Officer. “The President spoke to us about maintaining clean energy incentives and promoting and investing in green technology to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. We hope that heat to power will be recognized soon as an enormous untapped opportunity to expand renewable energy production in the US. We look forward to increasing America’s renewable energy footprint.”

ElectraTherm’s technology can convert sources of low-temperature heat from applications including reciprocating engine jacket water, biomass, concentrated solar, etc. into power. For more information on ElectraTherm and application capabilities, go to www.electratherm.com.

Emission-Free Power at the Wellhead: Texas Company Makes Power Using Geothermal Energy from Mississippi Oil Well

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Dallas, TX (SMU) – June 20, 2011 During the summer of 2008, Southern Methodist University hosted a demonstration aimed at generating electricity from waste heat.  Popular Science was so impressed with the compact unit connected to a boiler in the University’s Central Plant that editors named ElectraTherm’s “Green Machine” one of the top technology innovations of 2008.

Fast-forward to summer 2011, and the Green Machine is producing fuel-free, emission-free power at a Mississippi oil field, generating geothermal energy from the hot wastewater that oil and gas producers consider a nuisance.  The Mississippi project, one of 13 Green Machine installations currently operating internationally, was under a spotlight as SMU’s Geothermal Lab mounted its fifth international symposium, June 14-15, aimed at spurring interest in geothermal energy from oil and gas producers.

“We are offsetting electric consumption on the site with power generated from hot water,” said Loy Sneary, CEO of Gulf Coast Energy, a Texas-based company that distributes the Green Machine for ElectraTherm, Inc.  “It has been talked about for a long time, people have been researching it and there have been a lot of concepts tested – this is the first time it’s really been done with a modular solution, installed in 50 hours and with the entire system mounted to a tractor-trailer skid.”

Scientists in SMU’s Geothermal Lab see a natural partnership in co-production of geothermal energy from oil and gas wells.  Large quantities of water are produced with the extraction of oil and gas, either because it was present in the reservoir before drilling, or because water was injected into the formation to force oil and gas to the surface.

Historically, geothermal production in the United States has been limited to tectonically active regions with extremely hot, naturally pressurized waters – like The Geysers Field in California.  But newly developed technology like the Green Machine allows for the generation of electricity from moderately hot water. Sneary sought advice from SMU’s Geothermal Laboratory in finding oil and gas production sites likely to have sufficient heat flows to support the Green Machine’s production and, as a result, contacted Denbury Resources. The Plano-based company is in the business of revitalizing old wells by injecting carbon dioxide into the reservoir, which increases reservoir pressure while reducing the oil’s viscosity. This process allows the recovery of oil that otherwise would not be produced.

The data that SMU provided Sneary made it clear that the water being produced at approximately 204 degrees Fahrenheit by Denbury wells near Laurel, Miss., likely had sufficient heat flow for the Green Machine. “We try and support valid research projects where possible,” said Gordon Moore, regional facility engineering manager at Denbury.  “At that point, the unit at SMU was operational, and they invited us to come down to SMU and take a look at it.”

The Green Machine is designed for 30-65 kilowatts of power output, but the lower temperature and flow at the Laurel demonstration site generates a lower output, producing 19 kilowatts of power. According to Moore, this is enough to offset about 20 percent of the energy required to run the down-hole pump on the oil well it is paired with. The machine was installed in May, and SMU geothermal experts say this kind of co-generation can be particularly effective to reduce the energy costs for pumping hard to reach oil.

The Green Machine is a relatively small unit – about the size of a small garden shed. This allows for easy transport, with the entire system mounted on one trailer skid. The hot water is separated from the oil and gas that it is pumped out with, and the produced water then heats refrigerant in the Green Machine that expands into high-pressure vapor and, in turn, drives a generator.  Proponents of this type of unit say its portability is one of its biggest benefits.

“ElectraTherm deployed the Green Machine at Denbury to connect and generate electricity seamlessly, and we are excited with the results – 50 hours installation time is a great accomplishment for the first time,” said John Fox, CEO of ElectraTherm. “The ongoing operational lessons we learn from this demonstration will benefit future installations with higher performance capabilities.”

Find more information about Geothermal Energy Utilization Associated With Oil & Gas Development visit here.

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GCGE Generates Fuel-Free Power at South Texas Gas Compressor Station

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ElectraTherm Green Machine Surpasses 2,000 Hours Run Time on Internal Combustion Engine

Bay City, TX (SMU) – March 17, 2011 –  ElectraTherm’s Gulf Coast distributor, Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE), is generating fuel-free, emission free power using the ElectraTherm heat-to-power “Green Machine” to efficiently capture excess heat generated by the cooling of a natural gas compressor internal combustion engine (ICE). The machine continues operation and has logged more than 2,000 hours of power generation to date.

ElectraTherm’s Green Machine generates clean power by harnessing excess heat from ICEs that would otherwise go to waste. Natural gas must be compressed at regular intervals to keep it flowing through pipelines. Waste heat is created by the ICEs that drive the natural gas compressor. The Green Machine captures the heat from the jacket water, converting it into electricity.

GCGE teamed with a natural gas compression services company and a South Texas natural gas field to show that the ElectraTherm machine could be used effectively on a gas compressor engine. This project marks the first commercial ICE application of the Green Machine, which captures surplus heat from a Waukesha 5794 and generates emission-free electricity that can be used for on-site power needs or supplied to the local electricity grid. The waste heat removed by the Green Machine is equivalent to increased engine cooling capacity, a significant benefit for compressor engines in the heat of summer.

“Natural gas compressor stations powered by internal combustion engines are located all over North America, and these waste heat streams can be captured to generate additional power and cool the engine at the same time,” GCGE President Loy Sneary said. “This is energy efficiency at its best, and we expect to see many more ICE applications in the future.”

Since the machine went online last year, it has generated 14.2 MWh gross with 95 percent uptime in the past three months, enough to power more than 20 homes. This is the first ICE application of ElectraTherm’s Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, powered by its patented Twin Screw Expander.

ElectraTherm’s heat-to-power technology can convert sources of low-temperature heat (ICE jacket water, biomass, etc.) into power. With 10 units in the field, ElectraTherm’s Green Machine has accrued more than 6,000 hours of fleet run time — more than 11,000 hours, including test cell operations.

SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

GCGE to Receive Funding

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For Projects to Improve Efficiency of Oil and Gas DrillingWhile Reducing Environmental Impact

Bay City, TX – May 18, 2009 –  Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE), which offers Earth-friendly solutions for affordable clean energy through ElectraTherm Waste Heat Generators, has been selected by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) for funding of two projects that help reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling.

Under the first project, titled “Electrical Power Generation from Produced Water: Field Demonstration of Ways to Reduce Operating Costs of Small Producers,” GCGE will conduct a three-year demonstration project that generates electricity by  capturing the heat from water used in oil drilling, reducing the amount of energy needed without burning additional fossil fuels.  In the process, GCGE will provide a prime example of how small oil drilling operations can cut costs and carbon dioxide emissions while increasing access to previously hard-to-produce oil resources, “This technology will not only reduce emissions by producing ‘green’ electricity on-site that can be used in drilling operations but also reduce costs to small oil producers, making them more competitive in the marketplace,” GCGE President/CEO Loy Sneary said. “It will successfully demonstrate how to generate emission-free electricity from the hot water produced by gas wells that is typically a waste byproduct of natural gas production”.

RPSEA, as well as GCGE and Denbury Resources, will fund the project as part of the 2008 Small Producer Program, which focuses on the challenges faced by small oil and gas producers. Technical support and evaluation will be provided by the SMU Geothermal Lab, and Texas A&M University and its Global Petroleum Research Institute. GCGE also is a participant in a project led by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) that seeks to reduce the environmental footprint associated with operations for all natural gas drilling while providing greater access to energy resources.

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFDS) Program is one of nine projects selected out of 69 for funding by RPSEA’s 2008 Unconventional Resources Program, which supports projects that help meet U.S. energy demands, create jobs and lower costs to the consumers “The EFDS is part of an effort to identify, develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies that reduce environmental threats and could allow operations in environmentally sensitive areas that are currently off limits should these areas be opened for development,” Sneary said.

Project participants will introduce new low-impact technologies, such as lightweight drilling rigs with reduced emissions, which the industry can use to increase production in sensitive areas while at the same time safeguarding the environment. GCGE will supply equipment to generate power from the waste heat from the drilling rigs Internal Combustion engines. In addition to RPSEA funding, financial support has been obtained from the following: BP America, Devon Energy, Gulf Coast Green Energy, MI Swaco LLC, Newpark Mats, Huisman Equipment, and KatchKan LTD.

The EFDS project’s public participants include Texas A&M University and its Global Petroleum Research Institute; Sam Houston State University; University of Arkansas; University of Colorado; Utah State University; University of Wyoming, West Virginia University; Argonne National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Terra Platforms, L.L.C;  the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Joint Industry Partnership; The Nature Conservancy; the Natural Resources Defense Council and the New York State Energy Research Development Authority.

Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, RPSEA serves as administrator of the Small Producer and Unconventional Resources programs, which are authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

About Gulf Coast Green Energy
Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE) is committed to its customers, by adding to their bottom lines and providing the means for economical electrical generation. It also is committed to providing equipment that is environmentally sound and takes great pride in providing an electrical generating technology that is part of the solution to the global environment by providing cost-efficient electricity that is emissions free. The company was the first to embrace the visionary technology offered by ElectraTherm, Inc. by becoming the distributor of ElectraTherm’s Waste Heat Generator technology in Texas and other states.

ElectraTherm Receives Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award For Heat to Power Innovation

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Cleantech energy pioneer receives recognition in Green Tech category

Carson City, NV – Novemember 12, 2008ElectraTherm, Inc. today announced the editors of Popular Science have named the ElectraTherm Green Machine one of the top technology innovations of 2008.  As a winner of a Best of What’s New Award in the Green Tech category, the ElectraTherm Green Machine stands out as the first commercially viable generator to make electricity from low temperature, residual industrial heat that has, until now, gone to waste.

“After four years of research and development, we are thrilled to bring the ElectraTherm Green Machine to market, and pleased to see this ground-breaking technology recognized by Popular Science Magazine,” says Richard Langson, CEO of ElectraTherm.  “Our technology takes heat and pressure, and turns it into usable power.  We believe this clean, green, economic energy solution will have far-reaching impact on industries worldwide.”

Using patented heat and pressure recovery technology, ElectraTherm employs its proprietary twin-screw expander to generate fuel-free, emissions-free electricity at the lowest operating costs and fastest paybacks in the industry.  Texas distributor Gulf Coast Green Energy installed the first commercial 50kW ElectraTherm Green Machine this summer at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The machine has exceeded its 50kW output rating by 20 percent, garnering positive reviews from SMU’s world renowned Geothermal Laboratory.

“For 20 years, Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that a make positive impact on life today and change our views of the future,” says Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “PopSci’s editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful list, and there’s no higher accolade Popular Science can give.”

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners – the Best of What’s New – are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space,  Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Securities, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.

To read about ElectraTherm and their innovative power systems visit the Popular Science website.  For more information about the ElectraTherm Green Machine, visit the  product section.

About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

About ElectraTherm, LLC
ElectraTherm, Inc. delivers renewable energy solutions for a sustainable future, now. The company’s proven, patented Twin Screw Expander enables its line of energy generators to make electricity from waste and geothermal heat or pressure instead of fossil fuel.  ElectraTherm’s fuel-free, emission-free and low cost technology offers the industry’s shortest payback period on investment. For more information on ElectraTherm and its cleantech, green power products, please visit www.electratherm.com.

Waste Not, Want Not: Making the Most of Waste Heat

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Bay City, TX – October 27, 2008 – Getting the most value for that energy dollar while keeping an eye toward environmental responsibility is a top priority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – so you can imagine the excitement of TCEQ Professional Engineer Jeff Voorhis when he discovered the “Green Machine” at Southern Methodist University distributed by Gulf Coast Green Energy. The Green Machine generates emission free electricity from geothermal and industrial heat that is currently wasted.

Concerning Gulf Coast Green Energy’s waste heat generator, the “Green Machine” manufactured by ElectraTherm in Carson City, Nevada, Voorhis says “While this particular technology will never offset our current main power sources, it is a technology that makes the most of a potential energy source that is being lost and no one else is capturing. Energy efficiency is an environmental issue with major impact and implications for Texas companies. TCEQ is not endorsing or recommending this technology, but the benefits it offers is something many industries in Texas should look into. If you have a waste heat source, this technology might be a fit for you or potential for you to save power.”

“TCEQ is concerned about environmental impact and inefficiencies in the industry,” Voorhis explains. “Waste heat adds no value, but if you can capture it and turn it into electricity, that takes a load off other energy producing technologies such as coal fire plants. It’s getting the most value out of heat. Utilizing waste heat as an energy source directly replaces another source of energy currently being produced that is less clean, such as oil, gas and coal.

“There’s a lot of waste heat that is given off in the production of energy, and there’s a lot of potential for waste heat to be turned into energy,” continues Voorhis. “Waste heat is a free energy that we’re completely losing right now. We can’t afford BTUs to go in waste, especially when it’s so much more economical to have a recovery system in place to make the most of what is being wasted.

Voorhis believes that using waste heat as an additional power source to augment energy needs while offsetting costs is a viable and economical solution for many Texas companies. As energy costs soar, many companies are beginning to investigate how to make their old electrical generating equipment more energy-efficient or updating their systems to produce cleaner output. These same companies are also beginning to streamline their operations to cut down on wasted energy. Companies whose energy usage produces waste heat or pressure drops in the oil and gas industry are prime candidates for this technology.

“While this particular technology will never offset our current main power sources, it is a technology that makes the most of a potential energy source that is being lost and no one else is capturing,” says Voorhis. “Energy efficiency is an environmental issue with major impact and implications for Texas companies. TCEQ is not endorsing or recommending this technology for everyone, but the benefits it offers is something many industries in Texas should look into. If you have a waste heat source, this technology might be a fit for you or potential for you to save power.”

Gulf Coast Green Energy Teams up with ElectraTherm for Clean Energy for Texas

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Gulf Coast Green Energy Teams up with ElectraTherm for Clean Energy for Texas
Texas is the site for the first commercial ElectraTherm “Green Machine”

Bay City, Texas-May 29, 2008 – Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE) today announced the successful first commercial installation of ElectraTherm’s waste heat generator on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. ElectraTherm’s Green Machine makes electricity from geothermal or industrial heat that in the past has been wasted. With the patented technology, the ElectraTherm Green Machine uses minimal heat to generate fuel-free, emissions-free electricity at a very low cost.  Testing of the 50kW Green Machine, installed at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas by Gulf Coast Green Energy and ElectraTherm, (www.electraTherm.com) has exceeded expectations, reaching output well beyond its 50kW rating.

As fuel costs increase, the search for viable alternative fuel sources has become more intense than ever. “This is a fabulous opportunity for Texas with global implications,” said Loy Sneary, CEO of Gulf Coast Green Energy, “and we are grateful to SMU for their commitment to improving the environment and allowing us to install and demonstrate this cutting edge technology.”

Companies whose energy usage produces waste heat or pressure drops in the oil and gas industry are prime candidates for ElectraTherm’s waste heat generators and Gulf Coast Green Energy’s expert service.

“Many companies are beginning to invest in making their old electrical generating equipment more energy-efficient or updating their systems to produce cleaner output,” says Sneary. “These same companies are streamlining their operations to cut down on wasted energy. Our family of scalable power systems converts low grade waste heat into usable, electric power by blending traditional components with cutting edge technology. The result is a green energy, emissions free solution that enhances the bottom line.”

With oil prices well above $120 a barrel, it is more critical than ever to look for alternative energy sources, and making use of waste energy to produce electricity is a win-win. An ElectraTherm power generator comes with the lowest cost for alternative power generation.

ElectraTherm’s innovative design was recently recognized at the 2007 Geothermal Energy Association Trade Show, the largest international event for the geothermal industry, where it received “Best of Show” honors.

A 50 kW Green Machine will be demonstrated on the SMU campus during the SMU Geothermal Lab sponsored International Geothermal Energy Utilization Conference June 17-18. For information about the conference go to www.smu.edu/geothermal Or contact Maria Richards-214.768.1975.

For more information about Gulf Coast Green Energy and their green, environmentally sensitive solutions for industrial applications in Texas, call (888) 448-2112 ext. 1.

Waste Heat Generator Test

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Bay City, Texas-December 6, 2007 – Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE), the exclusive distributor for the state of Texas for ElectraTherm,  Inc. (ET) Waste Heat Generators (WHG), is seeking a commercial facility  (Facility) with on-site electrical generation to test a WHG for a 90 day  period. Facilities which have unused heat and generate on-site electricity are  potential locations and include: power plants, petro-chemical plants, office  buildings, apartment complexes, sports facilities, university buildings, and  sites that utilize stationary diesel power plants that are connected to turbine  generators (gensets) for on-site electrical generation, are prime locations for  the WHG equipment. The WHG generates electricity which is fuel and  emission-free and can  be sold on the Grid, or used on-site.

The Participating Facility Must Have:

  • Heat: > 190 F. liquid, or < 400 F. gas
  • Cooling Source: water < 80 F., air < 90 F.
  • Management with a desire to:
    • Reduce emissions to power ratios
    • Increase plan efficiencies
    • Net greater profits

GCGE Will Provide:

  • 50 kW or 500 kW WHG unit (depending on availability) for a period of up to 90 days
  • Up to $6,000 for the installation of the equipment (the actual cost should be less)
  • System P&ID Schematics, Electrical Diagrams and Specifications
  • Supervision of Installation and Start Up
  • Training of site Maintenance Team
  • Donation of all electricity generated by WHG during test period

Facility Will Provide:

  • Full access by GCGE to a suitable site
  • On-site technical maintenance personnel, and assistance
  • Make site available to GCGE for tours as scheduled by GCGE and the Facility

GCGE is proud to provide revolutionary solutions for industrial applications

ElectraTherm, Inc. Wins Top Honors at Worldwide Energy Gathering

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October 10, 2007 RENO, NEVADA – At the 2007 Geothermal Energy Association Trade Show, first time participant, ElectraTherm, Inc. (ET), of Carson City, earned “Best of Show” honors, having exhibited its innovative, compact, 50 kilowatt Waste Heat Generator. ElectraTherm’s small scale power systems convert geothermal and industrial waste heat or pressure into emission free electricity. Top engineers in the field served as judges who selected ElectraTherm from among 55 distinguished exhibitors at the show which brought together 1500 participants from 34 countries.

“We were especially impressed with the real power facility ElectraTherm displayed in the tradeshow hall” said Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the GEA. “ElectraTherm’s win … speaks to their potential for innovation and success into the future. Companies like ElectraTherm help make the GEA annual trade show a success. We look forward to working with ElectraTherm into the future.”

The GEA’s Trade Show, held October 1-3 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks (Reno), Nevada, is the largest international event for the geothermal power industry. The show is held annually in conjunction with the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting which this year presented 140 scientific papers, Including ElectraTherm’s Cost Effective Small Scale ORC Systems for Power Recovery from Low Enthalpy Geothermal Resources, authored by Professors Ian K. Smith, Nikola Stosic and Ahmed Kovacevic from the City University London, (CUL) and Richard Langson, CEO of ElectraTherm. The paper was presented by Professor Stosic of CUL.

“With all of the major players in the geothermal energy industry represented, it felt very gratifying to get the industry recognition we did,” said ElectraTherm’s founder and president, Richard Langson. “We have a quintessential green solution for businesses of all sizes because it works financially as well.”

Speakers at the conference included Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Alexander Karsner and Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Interior, Michael Olsen.

For more information about ElectraTherm’s power systems visit www.electratherm.com

For more information about the GEA Trade Show visit www.geo-energy.org

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting visit www.geothermal.org

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