What is the Energy Potential in Your Cooler?

CEGEN Green Energy is not just a single unit with remote site installation technology. It is a viable, cost effective and environmentally conscious option to create, in the right application, a microgrid that could power your entire site. It could even generate enough power to spread that grid out to a neighboring facility with the same power needs and meter that offsite consumption and invoice.

The question:

Can CEGEN Green Energy generate enough clean electric power from a compressor plant to create a decentralized Micro Grid?

The answer:

Yes, depending on the size and HP of your gas-powered compressor station, the micro grid could be as small as 10 kW/h, powering the lights, PLC, maybe some heat trace on a more northern climate application.

But on some of these pipeline compressor stations operating upwards of 50,000 HP, there could be as much as a megawatt of power.

For Facilities where there is a shortage of available power from the grid to supply the industry’s growth or where the power supply to remote locations is not readily available, CEGEN Green Energy can be the answers that hit all the check marks.


CEGEN can “tick” the three boxes of the decision-making process:

How do I get power to site?

 CEGEN is an easy install, low impact to the facility footprint solution that in most cases, can be scalable to meet a facility operational needs.

How do I bring the power supply in on budget and on time and even make money at it?

CEGEN’s cost per kWh, depending on airflows and speeds, will in most cases range from $0.12 to as low as $0.04. In a large facility application, there will be in many cases excess power generated. For those remote plays, can your 50,000 HP pipeline facility become the power station to other remote sites, creating a micro grid that supplies power to the industrial area?

How do I in bring power to site without increasing my emissions footprint that meets my company’s environmental and innovation mandates?

CEGEN exceeds the expectations here with no increase in CO2 footprint, extremely low operational impact with very low back pressure and parasitic draws.

CEGEN’s scalability comes from two points, how much electrical power do you need and how many of your compressor coolers will we need to fit with our technology?

For a hot, arid, remote site with no noise concerns where only weather shelters are installed, the appetite for power is low. On a 1500 HP gas driven compressor, the cooler exhaust wind could generate upwards of 12-15 kW/h.

If the site has ten of these units operating, one CEGEN unit will power the PLC’s and turn on some facility lights and have the excess capacity to possibly charge batteries for shutdowns and startups power.

The same 1500 HP units in a cold climate with full noise control will need approximately 4-6 kW/h of power to run the PLC, the building lights, heat trace and gas detection as well as the purge and thermostatically controlled ventilation. In this case, if there are ten compressors on site, four CEGEN units should generate enough power for daily operations and charge batteries for shut downs and startups.

Shaft driven coolers are the best application for CEGEN, giving the technology the option to become your primary power resource for site. On electric drive coolers such as horizontal applications, the appetite for power is higher due to the electric fan motors but CEGEN still has a place as a supplemental power resource, reducing the carbon footprint of the onsite power generation source.

CEGEN Green Energy fits many gas compressor applications, from a single remote unit with low power needs to a multi compressor, BIG Horse Power facility as the primary electrical power source with a huge power generation potential that could bring further financial benefits of possibly becoming a power generation station to meet the needs of external industrial applications.

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