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Recycled Energy Development (RED) provides all of the equipment, capital and services needed to create recycled energy projects:
Typically, RED captures an industrialist’s waste energy and converts it into clean power and processed heat. In exchange for putting forward the capital and operating the energy equipment, RED usually enters into a long-term power purchase agreement. Our energy recycling options come in two forms: combined heat and power (also known as cogeneration) and waste energy recovery.
RED builds CHP plants on site to provide electricity and heat to industrial facilities and other large institutions. These plants typically run on natural gas, biomass, or another fuels. As they produce electricity, they recycle excess heat emitted in the process, generating power twice as efficiently as the large, centralized plants that make up most of the grid. Institutions that use CHP generally pay substantially less for energy and do not have to rely on the inefficient, unreliable electric grid.
RED also captures the energy that manufacturers are already wasting and recycles it into clean electricity and useful forms of heating and cooling. No additional fossil fuels are used. Waste energy sources include:
Hot exhaust. Many industrial facilities produce massive amounts of hot exhaust that could be turned into 100% clean electricity and steam. Significant opportunities exist in the following industrial areas, among others:
Flared gas. Gas that’s now being flared in blast furnaces, refineries, or chemical processes can often be burned into more useful energy. For example, factories producing carbon black, which is used to manufacture tires, typically waste enough flared gas to produce three times their electrical needs.
Pressure drops. The energy potential in pressurized gases, including commercial steam systems and compressed natural gas pipelines, can be enormous. The pressure drops inherent in these pipelines, for example, could be converted into fuel-free power with zero pollution.
Across the U.S., it is estimated that these systems could produce roughly 28 trillion kilowatt-hours per year — the equivalent of 22,000 megawatts of new solar collectors (at a current capital cost of $130-170 billion) or 6-7 nuclear plants. Many industrial processes provide similar opportunities to take advantage of energy recycling.
A 2007 Department of Energy study found untapped potential for 135,000 megawatts of combined heat and power in the U.S. Meanwhile, a Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory study identified another 64,000 megawatts that could be obtained from industrial waste energy recycling, not counting CHP. Together, these two forms of energy recycling could provide 40 percent of total U.S. electricity needs.
Widespread use of energy recycling could cut U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by an estimated 20 percent. As of 2005, about 42 percent of U.S. emissions came from the production of electricity and 27 percent from the production of heat. Achieving greater efficiency in these areas is thus crucial to curbing climate change.
RED will recycle your waste energy streams and produce electricity and useful thermal energy—ensuring that your costs will always be cheaper than the energy you otherwise would have to purchase.