Trenergi open comment on EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505
December 1, 2015
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
In Docket # EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505, the EPA is proposing to regulate the emissions of methane across multiple activities in the oil and gas source category under certain conditions. Over the last several years, much progress has been made in the field of hydrocarbon fuel cells. Hydrocarbon fuel cells operate directly on fuels such as methane and convert the energy into electricity while keeping emissions of CO2 at about half those of combustion devices.
In the process of drilling, completing, collecting, compressing and distributing natural gas, the oil and gas industry consumes a significant amount of electricity. At each of these process steps there is also the possibility for methane to escape into the atmosphere in some manner. By applying hydrocarbon fuel cell technology at any of these steps there is the opportunity to eliminate methane emissions while providing electric power at a significantly lower CO2 emission rate than the grid.
Some possible applications are:
- Where gas undergoes compression, power can be provided directly from a hydrocarbon fuel cell rather than the grid, reducing emissions 15-50% depending on the grid source
- Where wells powered by pneumatic controls emit methane, a hydrocarbon powered fuel cell could directly power electric controls eliminating methane emissions and potentially proving power for other equipment use
- During well completion, a mobile hydrocarbon fuel cell can capture methane to eliminate emissions while providing electricity to power drilling or water processing equipment while reducing the need for diesel generators, thus reducing their emissions, and reducing the number of fuel trucks required on site
- In these or any other application, the hydrocarbon fuel cell, which has telemetry for its own performance monitoring, can relay data from any other desired sensors to remote collection points
Trenergi Corporation develops hydrocarbon fuel cells that can be scaled from small, mobile backup power units to larger stationary designs operating on methane captured from many steps in the oil and gas source process. We encourage the oil and gas industry to investigate the use of hydrocarbon fuel cells to eliminate methane emissions while providing local power where applicable.
101 Constitution Blvd
Franklin, MA 02038
For immediate release: October 1, 2015
Contact: Jill Reilly 617-482-0042
MA Energy Secretary Visits Trenergi to See Ground-Breaking Fuel Cell Prototype
Franklin startup advances fuel cell technology as state and local municipalities look to lower energy costs, reduce climate change emissions
(Franklin, Mass.) October 1, 2015 – Trenergi, a Franklin, Massachusetts-based fuel cell developer, recently demonstrated its breakthrough one–kilowatt fuel cell prototype to Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton. The fuel cell is based on a radically different design than existing fuel cells, and is capable of efficiently generating on-site electricity, heat, and hot water from most existing hydrocarbon fuels.
The Trenergi fuel cell operates at up to 90 percent energy efficiency, saving as much as 44 percent in energy usage compared to grid-sourced electricity for power and natural gas for hot water. It reduces climate change emissions by more than 60 percent compared to the average US coal plant and as much as 45 percent compared to the average US natural gas power plant.
During his visit, Secretary Beaton learned about the multitude of uses of the Trenergi fuel cell and its patented High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane-Plus (HTPEM+) design. Operating alone or as part of a microgrid, these fuel cells can provide electricity, heat and hot water for an almost limitless range of residential, commercial, municipal, and defense applications, including: containment of methane gas at municipal landfills, reducing damaging greenhouse gas emissions while providing cities and towns with a new source of revenue; fuel-flexible, quiet, low-maintenance power for emergency services, disaster relief and aid organizations; on-demand power for communications towers or small equipment backup; mobile military power; and auxiliary power for aircraft, offshore platforms and other commercial spaces.
The Secretary met with Trenergi leadership, including President and CFO Alden R. Taylor and Dr. Mohammad Enayetullah, Trenergi’s Chief Technology Officer. An author of many patents, Dr. Enayetullah has achieved a major advancement in the membrane/electrode technology, which allows for higher power density and lower manufacturing cost than previously achievable. Trenergi’s fuel cell operates using readily available fuels, such as propane, natural gas, and even jet fuel, instead of the pure hydrogen required by older fuel cell technologies.
“Massachusetts has become an environmental leader because of the work of small businesses all over the state committed to solving the biggest challenges of our time,” said Secretary Beaton. “It’s critical that we continue to explore and support new clean energy solutions fueled by the innovation and ingenuity that has made the Commonwealth an environmental model for the nation.”
“With Secretary Beaton’s experience as an energy entrepreneur, legislator, and cabinet member, he provided us with some unique insights that are valuable to us as we consider various commercial, nonprofit, and government avenues to explore,” said Norman F. Strate, Trenergi’s Chairman and CEO. “We are grateful to the Secretary and the Baker administration for their commitment to learning about advancements in fuel cell technology and what we hope to contribute to the Commonwealth.”
Founded in 2009, Trenergi is a Franklin, MA company focused on the development of global distributed energy solutions based on an innovative fuel cell design.
For immediate release: May 18, 2015
Contact: Jill Reilly 617-482-0042
TRENERGI SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED NATIONS
TO PROVIDE ENERGY TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
HOPKINTON, MA - Trenergi, a fuel cell company headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, is seeking to partner with the United Nations on an exciting project to expand the global availability of energy in developing nations where electricity is nonexistent or unreliable.
“Our fuel cell, which is based on a breakthrough technology,” said Alden Taylor, President of Trenergi, “is uniquely suited for developing countries, where electricity supply is problematic and there is not the enormous amount of capital necessary to build out an electric grid infrastructure.”
The Trenergi fuel cell is based on a radically different design – a patented High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane-Plus (HTPEM+) fuel cell – than existing fuel cells. It is capable of cleanly generating on-site electricity, heat and hot water and achieves incomparable levels of efficiency. It has the advantage of being able to operate on almost all available hydrocarbons, such as propane, natural gas, kerosene, and biofuels, instead of the pure hydrogen required by older fuel cell technologies.
The Trenergi fuel cell is driven by the intersection of two urgent and interconnected challenges related to energy – access to energy and climate change. Thus, it could help in the effective implementation of two of the Sustainable Development Goals that the UN will adopt in September 2015, namely SDG 7 (Energy) and SDG 13 (Climate Change). Nearly one in five people on the planet still lack access to electricity. More than twice that number, nearly three billion people, rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. These are major barriers to eradicating poverty and building shared prosperity. Additionally, energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) contribute to climate change, accounting for almost 80% of GHG emissions in many economies.
The Trenergi fuel cell can be part of a distributed energy solution to the access problem. Distributed energy refers to electricity generated close to the end user as opposed to energy that is centrally generated and distributed through a grid. For many developing countries, developing an electric grid is cost prohibitive. Furthermore, electric grids are inefficient, yielding only about 1/3 of the energy used in electric power, and can be unreliable and subject to disruption from many sources. On the other hand, a Trenergi unit simultaneously produces electricity and heat from a single fuel source and its overall energy efficiency exceeds 90 percent.
Trenergi’s fuel cell saves as much as 44 percent in energy usage compared to grid-sourced electricity for power and natural gas for hot water. The Trenergi fuel cell produces far fewer greenhouse gases than equivalent energy sources. A Trenergi unit’s emissions are 45% lower than a traditional natural-gas fired base-load generating plant, and 63% lower compared to a coal-fired base-load plant.
Trenergi was recently encouraged to submit an application for consideration under the U.N.’s “Powering the Future We Want” Initiative. The initiative offers an annual grant in the amount of $ 1 million, with the objective of promoting leadership and innovative practices in meeting the global energy challenge. The UN has developed this grant to promote innovative solutions and recognize leadership and commitment in ensuring universal access to modern energy services while reducing energy-related GHG emissions.
“We foresee Trenergi having a major disruptive effect on power generation, achieving the same breakthroughs for energy propagation in the developing world as the mobile telephone achieved in the digital communications segment,” said Taylor. “A distributed energy network using Trenergi technology would uniquely and rapidly allow developing economies to begin to enjoy steady electric power in many locales that have unreliable power or no power at all – power for lighting schools and homes, water purification, irrigation, and many other local needs that would positively impact the way of life in many communities.”
Founded in 2009, Trenergi is a Hopkinton, MA company focused on the development of global distributed energy solutions based on an innovative fuel cell design.
For immediate release: May 4, 2015
Contact: Jill Reilly 617-482-0042
Trenergi Unveils Ground-Breaking Fuel Cell Prototype
New technology operates at up to 90% efficiency & achieves major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while running on hydrocarbons
(Hopkinton, MA) May 4, 2015 – Trenergi, a Hopkinton, MA-based fuel cell developer, recently demonstrated its breakthrough 1–kilowatt (kW) fuel cell prototype to a group of investors. The fuel cell, based on a radically different design than existing fuel cells, is capable of efficiently and cleanly generating on-site electricity, heat and hot water from most existing fuels.
“Our fuel cell represents a dramatic leap forward in the existing technology,” said Norman F. Strate, Chairman and CEO. “It achieves incomparable levels of efficiency and has the advantage of being able to operate on almost all available hydrocarbons. Our fuel cell represents the bridge to a cleaner and more secure energy future.”
Trenergi utilizes a patented High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane-Plus (HTPEM+) design. This design marks a major advancement over previous HTPEM designs that utilized BASF material for the membrane. The company’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Mohammad Enayetullah, who has authored or co-authored more than 10 fuel cell patents, has achieved a major advancement in the membrane/electrode technology, which allows for higher power density and lower manufacturing cost than previously achievable, and has greater impurity tolerance, allowing the fuel cell to operate using readily available fuels, such as propane, natural gas, and even jet fuel, instead of the pure hydrogen required by older fuel cell technologies.
Trenergi also has developed a 3kW fuel cell prototype, which has been sold to a major defense contractor for testing as part of distributed energy systems or in mobile defense applications.
As Trenergi’s system operates at high temperatures, it is able to generate not only electricity but heat and hot water. As a result, it is able to operate at up to 90 percent energy efficiency. Trenergi’s fuel cell saves as much as 44 percent in energy usage compared to grid-sourced electricity for power and natural gas for hot water. It reduces climate change emissions by more than 60 percent compared to the average US coal plant and as much as 45 percent compared to the average US natural gas power plant. The system is also three-times more durable than competitor solid oxide and low-temperature PEM fuel cells
The 1kW unit could produce 24 kWh/day of electricity – equivalent to about 80 percent of the average U.S. household’s electricity consumption – and approximately 160 gallons of hot water a day at a cost savings of approximately 44 percent. Trenergi anticipates constructing fuel cells of up to 100 kW in power.
These fuel cells could operate alone or as part of a microgrid and provide electricity, heat and hot water for an almost limitless range of residential, commercial, emission-reduction, and defense applications both in the developed and developing world.
"Trenergi expects to build next generation, higher power density demonstration units and have reference designs for manufacture by local strategic partners," said Strate.