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  • 1. Propane Back-up Systems in the Green AgeBoyden D. Kneen, MBA, CEM® Utility Partners Incorporated
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  • 2. Proven technology with over 70 years use
    Accepted by users with over 7000 installations
    Low environmental impact
    Major Energy cost savings tool
    Also known as Synthetic Natural gas (SNG)
    Used by major utilities to support their pipeline supply and distribution
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    Background
  • 3.
    • Energy Cost Savings!
    • 4. Supply Interruptions
    • 5. Monitor two fuels for cost options
    • 6. Environmentally Low Risk!
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    Why consider a propane back-up system?
    Simple Payback
    Equipment cost $90,000-$150,000
    Depends on storage, peak capacity, etc.
    Payback can be 2-4 years
  • 7. Primarily in constrained markets
    At a distance from major natural gas production or supply terminals
    Industries that use natural gas—foundries, food processing, powder coating, curing, etc.
    Educational and health facilities
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    draft air-flow path.
     
    Applications
  • 8. Alternate back-up systems are used fuel oil, motor oil, wood chips—all major potential problems
    Propane storage on property causes no “cloud” over title
    Oversight by NFPA -58 and Local Authorities
    SNG allows for
    efficient natural
    gas equipment
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    Environmental Issues
  • 9. System Components
    Above Ground Tank
    Below Ground Tank Near a school
    Propane Storage Tank Sizes vary-1,2,3,6,9,12,18,30,60 & 90,000 gal.
    No double containment needed!
    No remediation questions!
    No PGA filings needed!
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  • 10. System Components
    Vaporizer (Electric)
    Vaporizer
    (Electric Water Bath)
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    Vaporizer-Sized by Gal/Hr., Propane boiling point is -44º F
  • 11. System Components
    Blender (Pull through)
    Process Pumps
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    Propane/Air Mixer-Dilute propane to match Natural Gas for a Synthetic Natural Gas
    45% air to 55% vaporized propane
  • 12. System Components
    Truck Unload Station
    Piping into the building
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    Use regulated by NFPA 58 (National Fire Protection Association)
    Building and equipment distances vary by state/local codes
    30,000 gal. tank system has about 42’ x 12’ footprint and minimum distance of 50’ from building
  • 13. Team
    Technology
    Tune
    Training
    Test
    Trade in or Toss
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    Six Aspects of an Effective System
  • 14. Utility Partners Services
    • Turnkey installation of industrial propane/air systems
    • 15. Training of key facility personnel with installed equipment
    • 16. Over fifteen years of experience
    • 17. Shared savings/financing of energy projects
    • 18. UPI installs and owns the equipment & shares in savings with customer.
    • 19. Performance-based energy consulting
    • 20. We don’t get paid unless you save money or receive a rebate/refund.
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