Environmentally responsible, no greenhouse gases or other emissions
Waste Heat Generation
How do you create electricity from 'waste' heat generated by natural gas compression? Utilizing technologies developed and manufactured by Ormat and GE, the waste heat units constructed at Alliance Pipeline’s four compressor stations in Saskatchewan, and The Whitecourt Recovered Energy Project (“WREP”),recover the exhaust heat from natural gas turbines (which compress the gas to transport it through the pipeline) and convert it into electricity.
Each waste heat power generation unit has three main components: a heat exchanger, a thermal oil loop and an energy converter. A unique feature of the waste heat power generation system is that it is entirely self-contained. Electricity leaves the station via transmission lines (owned by the transmission facilities owner) and goes to the power company’s grid for distribution to customers.
As this heat would otherwise be released directly into the atmosphere, this method of power generation is environmentally responsible because electricity can be produced without creating any new greenhouse gases or other emissions. Each NRGreen waste heat power generation unit is designed to produce 5 megawatts of power – enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 5,000 homes.