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Qnergy Is Going Offshore!

Qnergy is excited to announce our stainless steel, marine environment PowerGen. Suitable for offshore and nearshore environments. Give us your automation and cathodic protection loads.  We can provide highly reliable power for both AC and DC loads from the same PowerGen.

Say farewell to your overpriced, under performing offshore power solutions.

 

Qnergy Receives Follow-On Double Digit Order from one of the largest Gas Producers in North America

The PG 5650 Units Will Be Deployed in the Marcellus Basin for a Remote Site

Ogden, Utah, June 2nd, 2020 Qnergy Inc. (www.qnergy.com) the world leading manufacturer of reliable remote power in the 1-10kW range, announced today that it has received a double digit order of PG5650 Stirling – based Power Generators for one of the largest gas upstream operators based in North America. M.S. Jacobs Qnergy’s  distributor in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, secured the order, which  is expected to be commissioned in fall of 2020.

“We are thrilled to see Qnergy’s activities in the Marcellus continuing the momentum, despite the downturn in the general activities in the area, and proud to provide reliable on-site power to our customers,” said Ory Zik, Chief Executive Officer of Qnergy. “Securing additional follow-on orders from one of the largest gas producers in North America is a significant step in our mission to improve the efficiency and lower the cost and emissions of companies operating in America’s gas fields,” he added.

Qnergy aligns perfectly with the needs of the gas industry. PG5650  powers remote operations while running on locally available wellhead natural gas. The PowerGen is selected for its exceptionally low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), low maintenance, low emission profile and reliable power generation. In many sites it is now used for replacing bleeding pneumatic devices with instrument air.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our customers with one of the cleaner and more reliable generators manufactured today,” said Chris Kamzalow, President of MS Jacobs. “The  PowerGen’s low cost of ownership is a realized benefit for our customers, which lead to repeat orders like we’re announcing today,” concluded Mr. Kamzalow.

 

About Qnergy

Qnergy is the leading manufacturer of reliable remote power for the 500W-10,000W. Qnergy’s Stirling generators are an enclosed system that requires no lubrication, maintenance or repair, delivering continuous uninterrupted operation. Learn more https://www.qnergy.com/

Qnergy’s CAP3 solution featured in E&P Magazine

Qnergy’s Compressed Air Pneumatics (CAP3) methane emission mitigating skid was featured in the most recent issue of Hart Energy’s E&P Magazine.  Here is what they had to say about Qnergy’s solution to keeping a lid on greenhouse gas emissions

In April, the OGCI fund, along with others, pro­vided Qnergy with $10 million in Series B funding to accelerate the deployment of its compressed air pneu­matics product, CAP3. The application, which couples Qnergy’s remote power generators with air compres­sors, offers a low-emission alternative to gas pneumatic devices, which vent spent gas into the atmosphere and are often used in upstream oil and gas operations

“Gas pneumatics are responsible for about 20% to 40% of the gas industry’s supply chain in North America,” said Qnergy CEO Ory Zik. “And methane is a very potent greenhouse gas at 25 or even 85 times more than CO2, and the gas industry is very sensitive to those methane emissions. Pneumatic devices are among the easiest to solve. The same technology that is used for these pneumatic devices can be used when you use compressed air or clean air as the source of power. All you need conceptually is a power generator that com­presses the air and replaces natural gas or methane as a source of power with compressed air.”

Zik explained that Qnergy’s technology is based on the Stirling engine, which generates electricity by a cyclic compression of air and gas at differing tempera­tures. Qnergy’s CAP3 system combusts the normally vented methane.

“The oil and gas industry is focusing aggressively on reducing methane emissions throughout the sup­ply chain,” Zik said. “About 20% of those emissions are low-hanging fruit that can be updated through pneumatic devices. After focusing intensely on fugitive emissions through leak detection and correction, now the next stage is venting, and this is what this technology serves.”

Sam Gabbita, OGCI Climate Investments venture director, said Qnergy’s technology was appealing to the fund because it offered low-cost and reliable energy that can be applied at scale across much of the industry.

“There are about 250,000 pneumatic devices just in the U.S. alone,” Gabbita said. “And these are emitting about 14 million tons of CO2 when you convert the methane equivalent. So the opportunity to use Qnergy’s remote power engine to basically run compressed air rather than typical methane was a beautiful marriage. We liked the fact that there was established technology, and we loved the fact that we could use this established technology to decarbonize an important part of the oil and gas value chain.”

 

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Benchmarking Methane Mitigation Programs by Emission Reduction Ratio

By: Dominic Pituch and Ory Zik

On May 12, 2020 Alberta announced it achieved a preliminary methane reduction deal with the federal government. The province has revised the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Directives 060 and 017 to align with the draft equivalency agreement to give the oil and gas industry a single and clear set of rules for methane reduction.

The recent momentum of methane regulation and incentives in Canada is expected to accelerate the decarbonization of the natural gas supply chain in the region. Prioritizing projects based on their Emission Reduction Ratio (ERR) would improve the efficient utilization of methane mitigation funding. A simple measure of mitigation efficacy is the environmental benefits per public dollar. Funded technologies should eliminate at least a certain amount of GHG per dollar investment. The measurement is straight-forward and dovetails existing methodologies that are already used in Canada, such as the carbon credit analysis used in Alberta and Emission Reduction calculation used in British Columbia. Qnergy has successfully used this ranking with its customers, to help them deploy their own capital effectively.

The following analysis shares the methodology and data from a practitioner’s viewpoint.

ERR is defined as:

Where $Y and $Z represent the grant received and additional public money (respectively). X is the estimated greenhouse gas emission reduction in tons of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e).

For example, a project that receives $1,000,000 in grant money or royalty reduction and abates 50,000 tCO2e over 10 years will have an ERR of $20/tCO2e:

Under current market conditions and uncertainty, Qnergy recommends using a three-year time horizon.

ERR can be used to evaluate the efficient deployment of public or private funds. For example, consider a Tesla car. It costs approximately $75,000 over three years and abates about 15 tCO2e over that time period (assuming that it is charged with renewable energy). Therefore, the Tesla ERR would be $5,000/tCO2e.

A few of Qnergy’s customers are using the same ratio with their own capital. The calculation is essentially the same. For instance, if a system cost $150,000 over three years in terms of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and abates 500 tCO2e per year (1,500 tCO2e over 3 years), then the ERR is 150,000/1,500 = $100/tCO2e.

Pneumatic devices powered by pressurized natural gas are widely used in the oil and gas industry for process control and chemical injection. These devices vent spent gas directly into the air threatening the clean fuel advantages of natural gas. Qnergy’s innovative CAP3 (Compressed Air Pneumatics) solution provides reliable electric power and clean dry instrument air. Considering the GWP (Global Warming Potential) of Methane is 25x worse than CO2 (IPCC AR4 100y), a typical CAP3 system can eliminate over 1000 tCO2e emissions per year. The table below compares the emissions reduction efficiency of a few instrument gas to air (IGIA) projects.

Note that this ERR approach is a straightforward application of the Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC). Evaluating methane mitigation projects this way can aid industry in achieving emissions reductions in a cost-effective manner.

Click here to learn more about Qnergy’s CAP3 solutions.  

Free Piston Stirling Engine Designed by Qnergy Engineers for NASA Continuously Operating for 14 Years!

In 2002 Qnergy engineers (at the time known as Stirling Technology Company) teamed up with NASA on a power source for deep space exploration.  In July 2018 NASA reported that it had been working for more than twelve years maintenance-free calling it the most reliable heat engine in “the history of civilization.”   NASA issued an update recently and the engine is still running seamlessly, 14 years later!  It keeps running and running!

Stirling Convertor Sets 14-Year Continuous Operation Milestone

 

 

Qnergy secures $10 million growth financing to expand offering in methane emissions mitigation

Capital infusion will help accelerate deployment of solutions aimed at abating the single largest source of the oil and gas industry’s vented methane emissions

 OGDEN, Utah, April 23, 2020 – Qnergy, the world’s leading manufacturer of Stirling energy systems, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series B funding round led by OGCI Climate Investments (“CI”), Tene Capital (“Tene”) and Kibbutz EHI (“EHI”).

The funds will allow the company to accelerate the deployment of its compressed air pneumatics product, CAP3. The application, which couples Qnergy’s remote power generators with air compressors, offers a low emission alternative to gas pneumatic devices currently used in upstream oil and gas.

Pneumatic devices powered by pressurized natural gas are widely used in the oil and gas industry for process control. The vented gas from these devices is the single biggest source of vented methane emissions, accounting for 67 million tCO2e per year across North America in 2019. The potential mitigation from switching methane pneumatics to CAP3 air pneumatics is estimated to be as much as 1 million tCO2e by 2029, the equivalent of taking over 2.1 million cars off the road.

“We are pleased to welcome CI as a new investor to Qnergy and are grateful for the vote of confidence in the technology, team and mission” said Dr. Ory Zik, Qnergy’s CEO. “The new funding will accelerate deployment and we look forward to working with customers on decarbonizing the oil and gas supply chain.”

Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, said “We are pleased to add Qnergy to our portfolio of methane reduction solutions. We believe Qnergy’s technology has the potential to significantly reduce new methane emissions from oil and gas operations which is vital for improving the pace of warming.”

Qnergy is the only company that has a Stirling-based, stand-alone power generator: the PowerGen. Thanks to the technology’s unparalleled reliability, major and independent 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 thanks to near-zero maintenance costs, leading to a significant growth in 2018 and 2019.

Qnergy successfully pitched its technology to OGCI Climate Investments during its 2020 Investment Day held virtually on 9 March, focused on decarbonizing upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas operations.

About Qnergy

Utah-based Qnergy is the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of Stirling energy systems. Qnergy provides reliable remote power generators for the 500W-10,000W range to help customers improve operational efficiency, decrease operating cost and reduce emissions. Qnergy’s Stirling generators are an enclosed system that requires no lubrication, maintenance or repair, delivering tens of thousands of hours of uninterrupted operation. Learn more https://www.qnergy.com/

About OGCI Climate Investments

OGCI Climate Investments is a $1B+ fund that invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport. We look for outcomes that reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions, and that can recycle or store carbon dioxide. Achieving significant impact requires global implementation and commercial frameworks – at OGCI Climate Investments, we collaborate with innovators, investors and governments to fund and implement impactful solutions. To learn more about OGCI Climate Investments, please visit www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

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Qnergy Is Still Open for Business!

Qnergy cares about our customers, sales partners and employees.  We are cautious and responsible, so we are taking serious measures to keep everyone healthy while continuing operations.

Because Qnergy is categorized as a Life-Sustaining Business, our sales and support teams remain fully committed to providing remote power solutions to our clients.  We are also providing on-line presentations for our customers that are working off-site. The Qnergy manufacturing group remains hard at work while incorporating best practices for sanitizing and social distancing.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with our highly reliable, remote power systems.