Sylvan Source Heat Recovery Utilization Technology Provides Cost and Performance Breakthroughs for Industrial Plants
Proprietary thermal transfer mechanism moves large amounts of thermal
energy within industrial plants - minimal losses, no chemicals or pumps
Sylvan Source, Inc. (SSI), a water and energy technology company with an
innovative and flexible suite of technologies applicable to a broad
range of industrial and municipal applications, today announced
breakthrough performance and cost structure results for its Heat
Recovery Utilization Technology (HRUT).
SSI recently completed an evaluation validated by an independent
industry expert of its HRUT, which cost effectively captures, transfers
and reuses a wide range of recoverable energy in industrial plants,
including waste heat. SSI’s HRUT is a significant enhancement of the
proprietary thermal transfer technology used in its advanced water
treatment system, providing substantial capital and operating cost
Capital Cost Implications:
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (USEIA), each
kilowatt of new coal plant capacity costs approximately $3,000. The
recent evaluation determined that SSI’s HRUT would recover the
equivalent of 22 megawatts of electric power from a representative 500
MW coal-fired plant’s flue gas and reuse it for preheating boiler
feedwater. The capital cost of SSI’s HRUT in this application was
estimated to be in the range of $17 million, including installation.
Using USEIA estimates, 22 megawatts of capacity would cost $66 million
for a coal-fired plant, which indicates a savings of $49 million. The
comparable savings for a combined cycle plant, although smaller, are
Operating Cost Implications:
Recovering 22 MW of electric capacity in a coal-fired plant saves the
equivalent of 10.7 tons/hour of coal, assuming 35% overall plant
efficiency. Significant operating cost reductions are also available for
other types of power plants. SSI’s HRUT is able to move thermal energy
without using plant steam, thermal fluids or pumps.
The primary environmental impact of SSI’s HRUT is the ability to
increase the power output of an industrial plant with no increase to the
plant’s carbon footprint.
“Our heat recovery technology will be a game-changer for both new and
existing power plants, and will be applicable to a wide range of other
industrial plants and processes as well,” said Laura Demmons, SSI
Chairman and CEO.
This technology is covered by one of the patent applications owned by
SSI and filed in several countries and regions around the world.
About Sylvan Source
Sylvan Source, Inc. develops novel industrial and municipal water
treatment and thermal energy capture, transfer, release and storage
systems. The company’s technology platforms are applicable to a broad
range of industrial processing and thermal energy management
applications, as well as markets with complicated or challenging water
treatment opportunities. SSI’s technologies incorporate fundamental cost
structure advantages with significant energy and process efficiency
The company currently has a water treatment pilot plant operating in San
Carlos, California that has successfully treated a wide range of waters
with significant levels of contamination, including seawater and highly
concentrated seawater, FGD scrubber waste streams from a coal-fired
power plant, chemical waste streams from boiler clean-up operations,
produced water and hydraulic fracturing flow-back water from oil and gas
operations and agricultural run-off from a municipality.
SSI has been recognized as both a Red Herring Top 100 North American
Private Company and a Red Herring Top 100 Global Company, received Frost
and Sullivan’s Product Innovation Award, and was selected as the
Technology Idol winner at the 2012 Global Water Summit in Rome.
SSI is headquartered in San Carlos, California and is privately held.
For more information, please visit www.sylvansource.com.
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