Cyclone Power Technologies unveiled its scalable waste heat power generator, called WHE/Generation (earlier post), in connection with the $200 million GE Ecomagination Challenge. Cyclone’s renewable power system is currently ranked 25th of more than 2,280 entries vying for funding and partnering opportunities in this worldwide search for green energy technologies.
Cyclone’s WHE/Generationsystem comprises its Waste Heat Engine, proprietary heat exchangers and electric generator. The patent-pending unit, which converts waste heat from furnaces, flares, kilns and ovens to mechanical power and electricity, is scalable from 10kW to 500kW or larger. The benefits of using a Cyclone engine over turbine-based waste heat recovery systems are largely economics, the company says.
It is currently impractical to achieve acceptable paybacks on small-scale waste heat recovery systems where the goal is to produce electricity to power a facility or feed back into the utility grid. Such renewable, emissions-free power production is a proven method of increasing factory efficiencies and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. However, for the vast number of heat producing (and wasting) industrial plants, such goals are unattainable without Cyclone’s highly scalable systems.—Christopher Nelson, Managing Director of Cyclone's WHE/Generation division
Several Cyclone WHE/Generation beta units are available for installation in appropriate test sites, such as the test Cyclone is currently conducting with its customer, Bent Glass Design. Based on US Department of Energy statistics, Cyclone estimates that there are well over 5,000 of such facilities nationwide that could benefit from a WHE/Generation system.
The GE Ecomagination Challenge is being conducted with Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, KPCB and Rockport Capital.