The presence of a large scale methane production facility which is a standard part of an AD plant creates the opportunity to use the methane gas to supply a significant set of new generation fuel cells to produce electricity on a large scale. Fuel cells convert the methane gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide through a catalytic process that does not involve burning. The hydrogen is processed in the fuel cell to create energy, water and heat and the carbon dioxide can be captured for use in industrial processes.
Waste to Energy
State of the art waste to energy processes through a series of physical processes removes and sorts recyclables from the waste stream while letting sand and grit and other materials be captured for removal. Remaining pre-processed organic materials can be sent to an anaerobic and aerobic digester where the material is converted into energy in the form of methane gas and a clean soil amendment material rich in nutrients.
The urban wind turbine typically begins to produce power with wind speeds as low as one mile per hour. As the wind accelerates, the urban wind turbine produces more power. With the addition of state of the art energy storage technology, an urban wind turbine generation project can have the same energy stability as a coal-fired power plant operating around the clock. Technology Comparison – Traditional large scale three blade turbines require wind speeds of 17 miles per hour to produce energy. This limits where these turbines can be placed. Because these turbines are unstable at high wind speed, they are usually shut down at wind speeds of 50 miles per hour. Due to the urban wind turbine’s design, it actually becomes more stable as the wind speed increases with no upper limit on the amount of wind speed that it can tolerate. Urban wind turbines are largely maintenance free with a long term warrantied performance.
The green technology corridor receives sunlight for a significant part of the day. This sunlight can be converted into electricity through a broad range of photovoltaic technologies including rigid poly crystalline solar panels, thin film and solar concentrators. Adequate acreage and rooftop space would exist to easily produce a volume of electricity sufficient to meet the needs of the development in the green technology corridor and beyond.
Evacuated heat tubes can be used to heat water or another environmentally friendly liquid to a high temperature. This hot fluid can be used to heat a domestic water supply or fed into a chiller to create chilled water for air conditioning. In combination, a ground loop geo-thermal system and solar thermal system can support a large scale central plant that could serve a very large campus and beyond meeting all heating and cooling needs.