WE HAVE DEVELOPED AN ENGINE THAT RUNS ON HOT WATER (c.90°C)
- Cost-effective – 3.5 year payback
- Green (no emissions)
- Easy (1-day install)
Until now there has been no commercially feasible way for hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide to make use of the enormous quantities of wasted hot water (or low- grade waste heat “LGWH”) that they produce. This is about to change.
If your company’s generators or processes produce a constant flow of wasted hot water, you can increase your profitability and decrease the carbon-intensity of your business with the Exergyn Drive™.
The Exergyn Drive™ converts LGWH to electricity.
We enable customers to:
-Increase revenue from power-exporting plant
-Reduce energy bills
-Reduce carbon and pollutant emissions
-Enable delivery of environmental CSR objectives
The core of the technology is an elegantly simple device. The drive is based around a solid-state reciprocating technology which is thermally cycled to deliver rotary motion, and then converted to electricity. Characteristics include:
Why Purchase an Exergyn Drive™?
2.5 to 3.5-year payback [zero cost option gives instant savings]
LCOE as low as €0.05/kWh
Utilising energy which would otherwise be wasted produces electricity with zero CO2 emissions, zero emissions of pollutants, and no refrigerants in the system
10kWe modules can be linked together
We expect to increase the output of a 1 MW generator by up to 91 kWe (with exhaust heat recovery)
Operates 24/7 with lifespan of 20 years
Increase power output. Potential to boost engine output by 9% with no increase in emissions or fuel consumption, thereby improving overall plant efficiency and increasing profitability
Bolts on to process plants, biogas plants, boats/ ships
Installation in less than one day. The drive is placed on a flat surface (indoors or outdoors) with two hot water flanges and one electrical hook up. If a radiator is required for the cooling loop then this is installed on top of the unit or in a nearby outdoor location
Minimal site impact with low vibration and low noise
The Exergyn Drives™ is fully bypassed, ensuring that there is no potential impact on the mother engine in the case of shutdown.
The ‘fuel’ for our solid-state reciprocating engine is hot water – a resource that up until now has proved almost impossible to exploit commercially. And there’s a lot of this fuel about.
The amount of energy lost globally each year as wasted hot water is equivalent to twice the output of Saudi Arabia (oil & gas!)
Many heat recovery solutions exist including the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). They usually perform cost-effectively at much higher temperatures. At lower temperatures, both output and efficiency drop and this in turn increases CAPEX/kWe and lengthens the payback period.
Exergyn is fundamentally different. Our products are not sensitive to temperature in the same way. The CAPEX/kWe will be about ½ of ORC, so we have rapid payback.
The Exergyn Drive does NOT uses refrigerant working fluid.
The Exergyn engine operates at the temperatures that many ORC have on the outlet. Exergyn Drives can therefore bolt on to ORCs to produce hybrid WHR (waste heat recovery)
If the Exergyn Drive was used in all its possible global applications, then a 1.2% cut in global carbon emissions could be achieved. By delivering energy savings and/or increasing the power exported, the Exergyn Drive makes financial sense as well as helping to achieve businesses’ environmental targets. We believe that convincing companies ‘through their pockets’ is a far more powerful way to effect change than is a reliance on the goodwill of companies to choose the ‘right’ path.
The potential market for our products is enormous. In the renewable energy sector, for example (incl. biogas, syngas and geothermal energy), enhanced tariffs can significantly boost the returns to customers. Even without “green tariffs” many profitable markets exist for the Exergyn Drives™ e.g. marine, gensets and industrial waste heat.
Our initial emphasis is on the European Biogas sector. Biogas represents an attractive commercial prospect for power generation suppliers, project developers and owners alike. However, the sector has an enormous untapped potential that it is struggling to unlock: low-grade waste heat produced by the engines. The Exergyn Drive™ is the key to unlocking this potential.
Biogas power generation is a significant contributer to the renewable energy agenda in Europe and worldwide.
Biogas power utilises the methane-rich gas released during the decomposition of organic material to generate electrical power that is typically provided directly to the electrical grid.
The gas is typically generated in an Anaerobic Digestor from organic feedstocks such as animal manure, farm waste and food waste.
Landfill gas power generation is related to Biogas. It is produced at landfill sites, where the decomposition of the organic component of the waste matter gives rise to a methane-rich gas that can be recovered and used for power generation.
We expect to produce our next-generation prototype in Q3/Q4 2017.
We plan to trial additional 10kW Exergyn Drives™ from Q1 2018, and are seeking trial partners in the Biogas, CHP, and power generation industries.
If you have a 750kW+ generator and would be interested in trialling the Exergyn Drive™ on your plant, please get in touch.
Alan Healy, CEO
Entrepreneur, author, speaker and consultant, Alan has experience working with start-ups, developing companies and large established companies in Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Australia and the US.
Dr. Kevin O’Toole, Director of Research & Development
Kevin is an experienced manufacturing and design engineer, and holds a PhD in shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator technology – the material which lies at the heart of the Exergyn Drive. Kevin has over 10 years experience in technical R&D, and leads the R&D team within Exergyn.
Richard Blackburn, BEng, CEng, FIMechE, Head of Engineering
Richard has taken many products from prototype through to high-volume production in his 20-year career, working at companies such as Rolls Royce, Nissan and Gilette.
Mike Langan, Head of Product Development
Mike has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry developing and commercialising innovative energy technologies. Experience covers British Gas/BG, IMI and ENER-G and working in or with start-ups and SMEs.
Barry is a private investor nominee with significant entrepreneurial, board & investor experience.
Derek has 40 years’ industry/energy experience; ex-MD of TAC and ENER-G; sales & ops director of Satchwell Control Systems.
Dr. Barry Cullen
Barry is a co-founder of Exergyn and an expert in energy systems and efficiency. He holds a PhD in thermodynamics.
Co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 672528