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Wampler's Sausage Celluose to Energy

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Wampler's Sausage Celluose to Energy

  1. 1. Powering Wampler’s Farm Sausage Leveraging success into expansion TREEDC – Tennessee Tech Forum Harvey Abouelata, ARiES Energy
  2. 2. ARiES ENERGY Alternative, Renewable, innovative, Economic Solutions for Energy Turnkey Energy Solutions • Energy Business Plans • Renewable Energy Design & Installation • Grant Writing • Service and Maintenance • Reporting
  3. 3. Family-owned business started in 1937 in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company Wampler’s started as a slaughter house in the building above. Today, Wampler’s provides high-quality sausage and other products to millions of consumers throughout the United States.
  4. 4. • 73 year old company that has grown from slaughterhouse to regional brand of breakfast sausage distribution having a: • Nationwide sales presence in Foodservice Distribution. • Expanded territory, capital & product line = • Increased Capital! • Increased Energy Needs! So how does a company achieve successful, sustainable growth??
  5. 5. Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company The 3 “E’s” Energy Independence Economic Development Environmental Stewardship
  6. 6.  To meet the challenges of today’s markets, Wampler’s has made a decision to address rising utility costs and to leverage marketing opportunities with green technology.  Over the last 5 years, Wampler’s has successfully built, installed and/or procured:  a waste water treatment system  recycled material program  two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems  most recently, a biomass-to-energy system
  7. 7.  All of these programs and installations have proven to be cost-cutting, while protecting our environment.  These green practices have put Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company in a recognized category of environmentally- responsible companies.
  8. 8. First Clean Energy Installation: 30 kilowatt solar system A Path to Energy Independence
  9. 9. Largest Solar USDA Grant in Tennessee
  10. 10. Strategic Solar PV Business Plan for Wampler’s Farm Sausage & Knoxville Zoo
  11. 11. Bioenergy… The CHyP System
  12. 12. How The CHyP System Works 1. Biomass processing system prepares feedstock – 45% maximum moisture content – 6-12mm chip sizes 2. Biomass broken down in pyrolysis process in CHyP – Heated to 1000C in absence of oxygen 3. Syngas cleaned by recirculating through incoming biomass – Tars, particulates removed 4. Syngas and biochar exit the CHyP – ~96% syngas, ~4% biochar ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1 ! CHyP Cellulose to Hydrogen Power Biomass Mixer ! Biomass Prep System CHyP Gas Cleanup 65% H2 30% CO2 5% CO BIOMASS Biochar Removal System CHyP Unit 4% Biochar 96% CHyP Gas ! CHyPGAS BIOCHAR
  13. 13. Switchgrass MSW Forest Biomass Electricity Diesel Water Heat Biochar We Take This… And Make This… Biomass to Energy
  14. 14. Feedstock: Local Switchgrass
  15. 15. Wampler’s CHyP units
  16. 16. A look at the numbers System Average cost per kWh over 20 year life Carbon offset metric tons Homes powered (nation wide avg.) Gallons of gasoline Cost of kWh offset 30kW Solar PV $ (0.0350) 25 3 2,761 $ (1,251) 500kW Solar PV $ 0.0394 455 60 50,963 $ 25,976 500kW CHyP $ 0.0360 2,748 361 308,120 $ 143,630 Total $ 0.0360 3,228 424 361,844 $168,355
  17. 17. A look at the numbers Electrical Costs • 2009 Annual Energy Costs: $350,000 • After 2013 Annual Energy Costs: $26,874 Cumulative annual electrical savings for each project $- $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $300,000 $350,000 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Annual Savings for electricity
  18. 18. Environmental Impact • Wampler’s 30 kW and 500 kW solar systems produce a total of 694,410 kilowatt hours annually • The CHyP System will produce 3,985,800 kWh • Combined that’s 4,680,764 kWh of clean renewable energy annually! – That’s enough to power 424 average homes! • This offsets Wampler’s CO2 emissions by 78%, reducing 2,748 tons of CO2 annually.* – This is the equivalent of planting 390,000 trees! • And offsets 10 tons of NOx, SOx and particulate matter emissions annually. *CO2 credits produced through solar systems are sold to the TVA.
  19. 19. Wampler’s Farm Sausage Check List • Energy Independent: producing 4,680,764 kWh clean energy per year • Environmental Stewardship: Carbon Offset of 3,228 Tons per year • Federal funds infused into the state of Tennessee’s Economy: $1,661,182 • Total Capital Expenditure (primarily Tennessee products) since 2009: $4,642,113
  20. 20. Why is renewable energy important to Wampler’s? • Sausage Company • Innovative Company • Energy Company • Marketing Company • Sustainable Company • Agro-Products Company • Forward-Thinking Company • Responsible Company Established 1937, Energy Independent 2013
  21. 21. In Summary • Leverage success into expansion – Start small and grow • Readiness – Have a five year plan – Be prepared to respond quickly to grant opportunities • Understand the full value of your investment
  22. 22. ARiES ENERGY Alternative, Renewable, innovative, Economic Solutions for Energy www.ariesenergy.com  Stefan Partin  Patrick West  Mary Shaffer Gill  Harvey Abouelata  Brandt Womack  Erin Finsel Contact us: (firstname)@ariesenergy.com

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