Last month, we held a facility tour as a pre-summit session for the Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit. Our attendee evaluations just rolled in, so we thought we’d go through and tease out any info that might be helpful to those planning their own facility tour in the near future. So here’s are our top 5 takeaways:
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With all of the big news surrounding solar and wind energy the past several years, the idea of renewable natural gas—a synthetic biogas obtained from biomass—has taken a bit of a backseat. But recent developments suggest this renewable’s time may be coming.
The numbers don’t lie—fossil fuels are here to stay for years to come; to ensure our future, we need start forming clean energy ideas around this reality
The good news is our country is committed to researching clean energy ideas, and we’re making a strong shift toward natural-gas generated electricity. The bad news is the rest of the world isn’t necessarily following suit.
We tend to imagine the renewable energy and natural gas industries as two worlds destined to wage war until one side wins. However, as is often the case with conflict, innovative thinking might just be the key to peace (and even prosperity). One case in point is the growing dialogue around combining renewable energy and natural gas technologies synergistically for the good of the world. One of the more insightful pieces in this dialogue comes from a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NRE) technical report, which offers up nine “Platforms for Partnership” between natural gas and renewable energy in the production of electricity. Following is a quick summary of the nine.
Our products support almost all 41 founding partners in the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program
For years at Lyall, we’ve been making innovative prefab products and meter set valves to help some of the country’s biggest natural gas utilities reduce stray methane emissions. And we’ve done this for two main reasons: (1) It’s a great business to be in, and (2) we like leaving work every day feeling like our efforts might help make the world a better place. So when we learned several of our utility customers would serve as founding partners in one of the EPA’s most ambitious programs in history to reduce methane emissions, we were smiling really big (and still are). The program, called the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge, was launched late last month at the Global Methane Forum in Washington, D.C., where all 41 founding partners committed to adopt a set of best practices within five years.
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A recent article in POWER magazine reported on a new technology we think is pretty darn exciting—a totally new oxyfuel natural gas power system that produces lower-cost power from fossil fuels, generates virtually zero air emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), and can operate as a net water producer.