WPT/Electrotek wins NYSERDA air emissions study contract

Metro NYC peak-demand generator technologies to be evaluated

Edison, N.J., Dec. 13, 2002 — Electrotek Concepts has been awarded a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) contract to evaluate and pilot test a range of nitrogen oxide (NOx) control technologies for distributed generators operating in the New York metropolitan region.

Distributed generation units are on-site electricity generators that qualify for New York State’s Coordinated Energy Demand Response Initiative (CEDRI). This multi-agency program enhances the State’s ability to respond to peak-electricity demand with various load-reduction measures.

One segment of this program relies on emergency generators to supply part, or all, of the host facility’s electricity needs during periods of peak electrical demand, thus reducing the potential for system overload and blackouts. Virtually all of these on-site units rely on fossil fuels, and thereby emit NOx, a known ozone precursor.

Because the New York metropolitan area is designated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ozone non-attainment area, reducing stationary source NOx emissions is a key consideration for NYSERDA and the CEDRI agencies.

“The outcome of this project will provide key data to concerned agencies, and helpful guidance to owners of distributed generators, as both entities evaluate the economic and environmental issues of these generators.” said J. Charles Smith, president of Electrotek. According to a New York Independent System Operator Report, Power Alert II-New York’s Persisting Energy Crisis, “there is no doubt that demand response measures played a significant role in maintaining New York’s electric reliability.”

“Electrotek will continue to play a significant role in qualifying these demand response programs, under contracts to both NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy,” Smith said.

Under the terms of the NYSERDA contract, Electrotek will identify and evaluate a portfolio of NOx control technologies for use with stationary diesel (distributed) generators. Each technology will be evaluated in terms of technical, economic and environmental performance, as well as technology maturity. Emission tests will include the measurement of NOx, carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (less than 2.5 microns) and evaluation of the introduction of biodiesel fuel blends into the units.

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel derived from vegetable oil or animal fats that may reduce certain emissions. After the technologies are evaluated and ranked, Electrotek will select several sites for field installation and pilot testing of the most promising technologies.

The customer sites chosen for the pilot will represent between 4-6 megawatts of generating capacity and a willingness to participate in the CEDRI programs. Based on the conclusions of these tests, a handbook will be prepared for owners of distributed generators to use in assessing the value, merits and environmental technology costs/options related to their participation in New York’s demand response and wholesale energy markets.

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation established by law to assess, develop and promote energy efficient measures that protect the environment and benefit the State’s economy. It is the administrator of the New York Energy $martSM program that enhances electric consumer benefits as the utility market moves to competition.

Electrotek Concepts is an electric power consulting firms. Specializing in utility and industrial power systems engineering, power quality management, renewable energy, and distributed generation, Electrotek is a division of WPT Inc. WPT, headquartered in Edison. N.J., is comprised of Electrotek Concepts, Dranetz-BMI and Daytronic Corporation, three leading companies in the field of power quality and data acquisition instrumentation and management.

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