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.
Cost and Efficiency of Micropower Generators
|Technology||Range (kW)||Installed Cost($/kW)||Efficiency|
|Engines||30 to 1MW||600-770||31-38%|
|Microturbines||30 to 750kW||700-800||20-32%|
|Fuel Cells||30 to 750kW||1500-3310||40-42%|
|Eng/Gen||15 to 1MW||200-300||To be determined|
On site use of available or harvested fuel by the Eng/Gen can efficiently produce electrical power with reduced cost and emissions.
|Waste Water Treatment||A minimal cost fuel, methane is produced in the treatment process. Specialized engines now used are high cost.|
|Pipeline Compressors||A low cost fuel, natural gas is carried in the pipeline.|
|Special Industry||Refinery, petrochemical and chlor alkali sites produce available fuel, hydrogen as a byproduct of processing.|
|Landfill Gas||Methane, a minimal cost fuel, is a byproduct of landfills.|
The high efficiency of the Eng/Gen power plant and low capital cost, provides economic advantages compared to competing technologies.
|Market Segment||Capacity||Competing Technology||Allowable U.S. Prices ($/kW)|
|Commercial||100kW-2MW||Purchased PowerReciprocating EngineGas TurbineMicroturbineFuel Cells||$1000-$2500|
|Light Industrial||100kW-5MW||Purchased PowerReciprocating EngineGas TurbineMicroturbineFuel Cells||$900-$2000|
|Heavy Industrial||5MW-200MW||Gas TurbineSteam TurbinePurchased Power||$700-$1300|
|Distributed Power||100kW-20MW||Gas Turbine/Combined CycleRecuperated Gas TurbineReciprocating EngineSolarWindFuel 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.