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Why Invest in Methane Abatement?

The Biden Administration’s climate plan targets multiple sectors. The top three are transportation, power plants, and methane emissions from Oil & Gas operation. The first two are more familiar than the third. Let us talk about methane with the aid of a new visualization tool called En-Roads (beta) https://en-roads.climateinteractive.org/. En-Roads visualizes the climate impact of different clean energy policies. The tool was recently published by MIT and Climate Interactive.

Open En-Roads and you will have a dashboard that looks like this:

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The planet is on a path to a 3.60C (6.50F) warming by 2100.

Electrifying the Transportation Sector

To see the potential impact of electrifying the transport sector – slide the Transport/Electrification slider all the way to the right:

The potential impact of electrifying the entire transportation fleet to electric – including cars, trucks, buses, and trains is reducing global temperature by 0.10C by 2100 (from 3.60C warming to 3.50C). How very disappointing!

This means that the aggregate of Tesla (>$800bn when I write this). Tens of billions of dollars invested in SPACs. Overall, nearly a Trillion Dollars of ESG capital earmarked to electrifying the transportation sector – will only account for 0.1 degrees by 2100.

In the future, we’ll deploy residential, hydrogen-driven Stirling engines to help charge EV’s at home. But for now, until there is a hydrogen economy, we focus on the methane mitigation sector.

Methane Emissions Mitigation

To see why mitigating methane is so important, slide the methane slider to the left to estimate the potential impact of the sector:

Half a degree. A significantly larger impact than transportation.

The methane abatement sector raised a fraction of a percent to achieve a significantly larger impact than the electric transportation sector. The difference in capital efficiency in terms of GHG mitigation exceeds three orders of magnitude.

Don’t get me wrong – electrifying the transportation fleet is very important and we wholeheartedly support it. But for those interested in deploying capital to mitigating GHG emissions, methane abatement is where you will maximize your climate returns.

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Happy Holidays From Qnergy

The employees at Qnergy would like to take this time to thank our loyal partners and customers for your continued business throughout this challenging year.

From our family to yours:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

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Qnergy Continues to Grow Its Offshore Installation Base

Stainless STeel PowerGen on Oil Rig

Qnergy continues to grow its offshore installation base with another set of PowerGen 5650 remote power systems in the Gulf of Mexico.  The two Stirling engine systems are providing AC and DC power to various electrical loads for yet another major producer offshore.  Our Marine capable PowerGen with Stainless Steel enclosure stands up to the toughest marine environments.

Qnergy Chosen to present at Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Oil and Gas Cleantech Challenge Conference!

We are proud to announce that we are a chosen company to present at Colorado Cleantech Industries Association Oil and Gas Cleantech Challenge!

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The Cleantech Challenge asks for companies capable of working on issues related to air (especially methane detection or control), carbon capture utilization and storage, unmanned aerial vehicles, the internet of things/digital oilfield, items to reduce truck traffic, space saving items to reduce footprint, plant or biological solutions, solid pollution reduction, gas-to-liquids, blockchains, water, remote/distributed power, power management, and advanced materials and chemicals.

We will be presenting our CAP3 product which helps to eliminate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry!

 

Read more here:

https://www.prlog.org/12844867-presenting-companies-for-the-2020-oil-gas-cleantech-challenge-announced.html

Qnergy Announces CAaaS (Compressed Air as a Service) at Gastech 2020

The new program removes all financial barriers to abating methane emission in pneumatic devices. Carbon offsets make the program profitable for operators.

 

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Calgary, Alberta, September 8th 2020 Qnergy Inc. (www.qnergy.com) the world leading clean energy manufacturer of Stirling Engines, announced a new program: Compressed Air as a Service (CAaaS). The CAaaS program will help operators finance Qnergy’s compressed air solutions through their operational budget without upfront capital expenses. The package is designed to support companies that want to advance their emission reduction goals while meeting current budget constraints.

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About 20% of the industry’s vented emissions are located at sites that have high-bleed pneumatic devices and unreliable grid electrical power. In the last few years, Qnergy has deployed hundreds of its low maintenance remote power systems in Oil & Gas sites. Since the summer of 2019, Qnergy has successfully deployed its Compressed Air Pneumatic systems (CAP3) in the U.S. and Canada.

The rapidly increasing demand for the CAP3 air-pneumatic systems created a need for a creative financial solution that will alleviate the pressure on capital budgets. The CAaaS solution removes the capital barrier to mass adoption allowing operators to streamline their path to emissions reduction and regulatory compliance, which in some markets also translates into sellable carbon credits.

The new program allows companies to pick the most palatable path based on several options: They can either buy Qnergy’s compressed air system (CAP3) through conventional capital expenditure or buy CAaaS without the capital expense and long-term commitment.

In addition, companies have various options to offset the price with credits. They can submit carbon credits themselves or through one of Qnergy’s carbon advisory partners.

“Operators are under conflicting pressures to concurrently reduce emissions and cut expenses. We are thrilled to participate at the Gastech Virtual Summit and announce a program that not only offers the best technology, but also removes all financial barriers to adoption.” said Ory Zik, Chief Executive Officer of Qnergy.

“The CAaaS contract is very simple. Qnergy installs a CAP3 system and acts like a utility. We only charge for usage of instrument air and electricity. We have tested this simple arrangement with a number of operators and the feedback is extremely positive.” He added.

Qnergy Announces PowerGen EXP: Bringing the Reliability of the Stirling Engine to Hazardous Environments

PowerGen EXP brings Qnergy’s unparalleled remote power reliability to onshore and offshore applications that require hazardous operating certifications. 

The leading manufacturer of clean and reliable remote power based on the Stirling engine, Qnergy announced the release of PowerGen EXP, the first Stirling engine capable of working in hazardous locations that require ATEX and IECEX certifications. 

Supplied in a standard intermodal container, the system is optimized for both shipping onshore and offshore. While the PowerGen is designed for prime power, it can be hybridized with solar panels and batteries. The PowerGen’s ability to operate independently means reliable power is provided regardless of the weather or season, all with a smaller footprint than comparable solar arrays and other technologies.  

The PowerGen EXP system utilizes the same high reliability, free piston Stirling engine that has a life expectancy of more than 80,000 hours. This is with no oil changes; maintenance shutdowns or field rebuilds. At 100 times lower than EPA, CO and NOx limits, the low emission PowerGen EXP operates in wide ambient temperature ranges, from -40oC to +40oC.  The use of load-following electronics allows the system to reduce fuel consumption, thus lowering operating costs.  Another highlight of the PowerGen EXP is its utilization of Qnergy’s  web-based remote monitoring system, SmartView. All operational parameters can be monitored remotely on your smartphone, desktop and digital control system.   

Qnergy is the only company that has a Stirling-based, stand-alone power generator. Thanks to the technology’s unparalleled reliability, oil and gas companies already rely on the system to meet their remote power needs. The PowerGen has proven itself to be more cost effective than alternatives.  

“We are thrilled to launch our PowerGen in an explosion proof system” said Ory Zik, Chief Executive Officer of Qnergy. “This product has been developed per the high demand from customers in the U.S. and overseas “, he added. 

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