Propane Back-up Systems in the Green AgeBoyden D. Kneen, MBA, CEM® Utility Partners Incorporated 1
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 2 Background
Energy Cost Savings!
Monitor two fuels for cost options
Environmentally Low Risk!
3 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
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 4 draft air-flow path.
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 5 Environmental Issues
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! 6
System Components Vaporizer (Electric) Vaporizer (Electric Water Bath) 7 Vaporizer-Sized by Gal/Hr., Propane boiling point is -44º F
System Components Blender (Pull through) Process Pumps 8 Propane/Air Mixer-Dilute propane to match Natural Gas for a Synthetic Natural Gas 45% air to 55% vaporized propane
System Components Truck Unload Station Piping into the building 9 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
Team Technology Tune Training Test Trade in or Toss 10 Six Aspects of an Effective System
Utility Partners Services
Turnkey installation of industrial propane/air systems
Training of key facility personnel with installed equipment
Over fifteen years of experience
Shared savings/financing of energy projects
UPI installs and owns the equipment & shares in savings with customer.
Performance-based energy consulting
We don’t get paid unless you save money or receive a rebate/refund.