Rural and Remote Electrification
DPG Energy's microturbine-driven combined heat and power (CHP) system will produce power in rural and remote areas where the generation and consumption of power represents astronomical costs, the transmission and distribution of power is unreliable or no generation capacity currently exists. At long last, end-users, small businesses and/or communities will have a secure, self-sufficient, reliable and adaptable power infrastructure accommodating their preferred source of fuel (inclusive methane produced through gasification or anaerobic digestion).
Today, rural demand for electricity in the US is growing twice as fast as conventional markets. However, due to lower population density and concurrently lower energy consumption, the infrastructure to provide power via a traditional transmission and distribution system remains uneconomical for a centralized power utility company. As a result, rural consumers connected to the electric grid are frequently subjected to unreliable service and energy costs exceeding 275% of the national average.
Globally, 1.5 billion people only have intermittent access to existing electricity. Frequent power outages are a common problem in developing countries, making it impossible to provide a continuous power supply. These power outages often result from load-shedding, a frequent practice to compensate generation deficiencies by cutting off some load (electricity) to end-users.
While a growing number of emerging countries support rural electrification projects, grid extensions for isolated areas are, in many cases, not possible due to the distance from current centralized power systems, geographic terrain and/or related costs.
Worldwide, oil and gas production sites consume a lot of electricity - accounting for 40% to 60% of operational costs. At the same time, the petroleum industry has historically viewed the natural gas associated with this extraction process as a non-essential byproduct and flared or burned (wasted) the gas. The result: Over 140 billion cubic meters of gas (comparable to 25% of the United States' total natural gas consumption) is annually flared into the atmosphere - consequently adding the carbon dioxide equivalent of 70 million more cars to global greenhouse gas emission. Today, as the demands for domestic production of oil and gas increases, this "wasted" gas represents a very viable renewable fuel source to generate clean, low-cost on-site power and heat.