NYSERDA Awards $725,000 to Ener-G-Rotors to Demonstrate
Technology that Creates Power from Industrial Waste Heat
Device Could Save Money, Reduce Fossil Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Sept. 2011 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $725,000 to Ener-G-Rotors of Rotterdam. Ener-G-Rotors will use the funding to field-test equipment that generates electricity from low-temperature waste heat emitted during manufacturing at two factories in New York State. The equipment has the potential to lower industrial operating costs while reducing the power demand in New York State.
In addition to NYSERDA’s $725,000 funding, Ener-G-Rotors will invest $789,000 in the project. The company expects to grow from five to 12 jobs by the end of next year, with the potential of 120 jobs by the end of 2015.
“Turning waste heat into electricity not only generates carbon-free electricity, it also lowers a company’s energy costs,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “This is a win-win for New York State as Ener-G-Rotors has the potential for growing jobs while reducing the use of fossil fuels and the emissions of greenhouse gases.”
The company’s product, known as the GEN 4, could be used for industrial processes, commercial buildings, solar thermal collectors, geothermal sources, biomass boilers and combustion engines. The equipment sells for $90,000 and pays for itself in as little as two years by generating electricity, thus reducing the amount of power drawn from the electric grid, according to Ener-G-Rotors.
Ener-G-Rotors’ modular system, which is installed close to the heat source, generates power based on the expansion and contraction of fluid inside a sealed compression system. Its fourth-generation product can generate 40 to 60 kilowatts. It creates no waste and uses heat waste from 150 to 350 F that otherwise would be exhausted into the atmosphere.
“NYSERDA has been – and continues to be – absolutely essential in our efforts to drive our technology forward,” said Michael Newell, CEO, Ener-G-Rotors. “We consider them a true partner in our growth and development; it has been a truly rewarding and successful experience from the very start.”
Newell also thanked Congressman Paul Tonko for his role in supporting the company over the years. “Like NYSERDA, Congressman Tonko recognized early the great potential of our technology, and provided essential support for our research and development efforts,” Newell stated.
Ener-G-Rotors is widely considered a pioneer in converting low-temperature waste heat to electricity. A large potential market exists for a device that can generate power from low-temperature waste heat sources. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20 to 50 percent of industrial energy is lost as waste heat. And 60 percent of that waste heat is defined as low-temperature heat.
New York has almost 4,000 potential sites that could make use of this product, representing an opportunity to generate 200 megawatts of electricity.
“I want to congratulate Ener-G-Rotors and NYSERDA for their partnership to innovate and create a carbon-free solution that generates electricity and lowers energy costs for companies,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “I’m working on legislation in Congress that will provide investment that will help bring this technology to market and reduce the costs of production, so companies like Ener-G-Rotors can manufacture their products and create new jobs.”
Ener-G-Rotors has received awards at six clean-energy forums around the country in the last two years. The firm was also named a “Top 10 Defense Energy Technology Solutions” company, chosen from a field of 220 applicants, by the U.S. Military, which describes itself as the nation’s largest consumer of fossil fuels. The Ener-G-Rotors team will showcase its product to Department of Defense representatives and others at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit Sept. 13 in Hawaii.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
Ener-G-Rotors is commercializing devices based on a near frictionless expander that turns low- temperature heat into electricity, opening up a new market in waste heat and changing the technology landscape for solar thermal and geothermal installations. Based in Rotterdam, NY, the company is widely recognized as a pioneer in the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity. The company has received numerous awards for its technology. www.ener-g-rotors.com