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Overview

Business opportunities offered to strategic alliances with REC will change with the evolution of the Eng/Gen technology and with future market growth. This will require new or existing strategic alliances to bring their unique skills and most efficient processes for improved quality and production to satisfy global demand from the USA.

This section will periodically provide new opportunities based upon the most current development status and requirements of the Eng/Gen technology.

Commercialization

Commercialization Charts

Cost and Efficiency

Cost and Efficiency of Micropower Generators


Technology Range (kW) Installed Cost($/kW) Efficiency
Engines 30 to 1MW 600-770 31-38%
Microturbines 30 to 750kW 700-800 20-32%
Fuel Cells 30 to 750kW 1500-3310 40-42%
Eng/Gen 15 to 1MW 200-300 To be determined

Potential Early Market Niches

On site use of available or harvested fuel by the Eng/Gen can efficiently produce electrical power with reduced cost and emissions.

Niche Leveraged Advantage
Waste Water Treatment A minimal cost fuel, methane is produced in the treatment process. Specialized engines now used are high cost.
Pipeline Compressors A low cost fuel, natural gas is carried in the pipeline.
Special Industry Refinery, petrochemical and chlor alkali sites produce available fuel, hydrogen as a byproduct of processing.
Landfill Gas Methane, a minimal cost fuel, is a byproduct of landfills.

Market Segments

The high efficiency of the Eng/Gen power plant and low capital cost, provides economic advantages compared to competing technologies.

Market Segment Capacity Competing Technology Allowable U.S. Prices ($/kW)
Commercial 100kW-2MW Purchased Power
Reciprocating Engine
Gas Turbine
Microturbine
Fuel Cells
$1000-$2500
Light Industrial 100kW-5MW Purchased Power
Reciprocating Engine
Gas Turbine
Microturbine
Fuel Cells
$900-$2000
Heavy Industrial 5MW-200MW Gas Turbine
Steam Turbine
Purchased Power
$700-$1300
Distributed Power 100kW-20MW Gas Turbine/Combined Cycle
Recuperated Gas Turbine
Reciprocating Engine
Solar
Wind
Fuel Cells
$800-$2500

The Eng/Gen can be designed for load factors of 80-95%. Allowable prices include total installed costs. Higher values reflect high value markets with limited market potential. Lower values represent the broadest market opportunity.