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Electricity economy: improvement of power efficiency in oil and gas sector: our view

To radically improve power efficiency of the economy (i.e., complex power-saving measures) is the main goal of Power strategy of Russia. The Power strategy suggests a set of intensive organizational and technological power and fuel-saving measures, thus, it implies conducting a purposeful power-saving policy.

The position of our society among the economically developed countries as well as standards of living of our citizens wholly depend on whether we are able to solve the power-saving problem or not. However, Russia possesses all the natural resources and intellectual assets that are necessary for the successful solution.

Power-saving should become one of strategic goals of the government as it is the major method to get energy security guarantees. It is also the only real way to keep the incomes from the export of raw hydrocarbons high.

Power supply required for domestic development can be obtained not only through the increase of raw materials extraction in the regions that are difficult to access and the construction of new power facilities according to the conventional technology, but also through the introduction of innovative technologies at lower costs that are capable of generating power and heat.

The goals of power-saving also coincide with those of the public institutions, e.g. the improvement of ecological situation, the efficiency increase of power supply systems etc. Power saving allows connecting new consumers for the infrastructure development at minimal capital costs. It also eliminates the problem of land allocation for the construction of new power generation facilities, alienation of sanitary protection zones etc. which has a positive effect on architectural development.

One of the effective ways to diminish the human impact on nature is to use the technology of “clean” power generation with lower emissions. Due to the fact that modern power engineering is generally based on the combustion of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), it influences the environment enormously. The whole process has a ruinous effect on the ecological balance of the planet, starting with the extraction, processing and transportation and further combustion of resources for heat and power release. Thus, it is modern energy-saving technologies that play the main part in more efficient power use.

Energy-saving technologies will help to solve several issues at once: to save a considerable amount of power supply resources, to solve the problems of domestic housing and community services, to enhance the manufacture efficiency and to reduce the environmental stress.

To do so, Russia has a vast potential both of organizational and technological power saving. One of the most promising technologies is the innovative technology of electric power and heat generation by means of flameless oxidation in the energy units. Commercialization of this technology to industry and housing and community services will demonstrate high results in power saving.

Another crucial issue of oil-producing industry is the utilization of associated gas. According to the law, oil companies are obliged to utilize up to 95% of the associated gas, while existing utilization methods have quite a number of drawbacks. The most important one is that they are unprofitable. Therefore, all the governmental decisions notwithstanding, the utilization problem remains unsolved. As a result, associated gas is being combusted. It causes incredible damage both to the environment and to the people’s health. Meanwhile, money is just being thrown away into a stack. Whereas power facilities based on energy units are ideal for associated gas utilization. It promises considerable profit as electric power and heat are to be produced from something that represents a huge problem for oil companies, moreover – it’s a thing they’re trying to get rid of by simply combusting it. That is why innovative power facilities based on energy units that use associated gas as a fuel clear the way to the radical and economically attractive solution of this sore issue.

An energy unit (EU) is a device that efficiently generates direct current and heat out of hydrogen-enriched fuel by means of an electrochemical reaction.

Unlike other power generating equipment, such as internal-combustion engines or turbines operating on gas, coal, masout etc., energy units do not combust fuel. This means there are no noisy high-pressure rotors, loud exhaust noise or vibrations. Energy units generate electrical power by means of noiseless electrochemical reaction.

Electricity generation methods

Energy units
Coal fuel turbines
Gas fuel turbines
Internal combustion diesel engine
Internal combustion gasoline engine

Electricity generation efficiency (%) towards consumed energy

Another peculiarity of energy units is their capability to transform chemical energy of fuel directly to electricity, heat and water. They are highly effective and do not burn fuel by combustion reaction. They do not produce large quantity of greenhouse gases, such as carbonic gas, methane and nitrogen oxide. More information about energy units, their types and operating principles you can find on our special web site

As there is a variety of types of internal combustion engines, there are various types of energy units. The choice of suitable type of an energy unit depends on its application and applied fuel. Natural gas, propane, synthesis gas, methanol, diesel fuel and pure hydrogen are used as a fuel.

Thanks to a number of conclusive advantages over traditional energy sources and power supply schemes independent heat power plants on the basis of energy units occupy more and more important place in the manufacture of "pure" energy and heat. Thus they are installed directly at the Customer’s site. An important stimulus of expansion of their application is also a constant rise in the prices for gas, tariffs and services from suppliers of gas and electric power.

Depending on different requirements of our Customers the company can supply the following types of power plants on the basis of energy units:

Portable plants

Output power: 1 kW max
Application: energy generation sources in communication devices

Small plants

Output power: 50 kW max
Application: power generation sources in wireless telecommunication, communication and data transfer networks, security systems, municipal domestic heating and electro generation, EMERCOM objects, single objects with partial seasonal access.

Midsized plants

Output power: 1 MW max
Application: power generation sources at industrial, municipal and household objects, fabrics, cooling warehouses, offices, telecommunication centers, super markets, sport establishments, objects in environmentally friendly districts, objects distanced from infrastructure of gas and electricity distributing systems.

Large plants

Output power: over 1 MW
Application: energy sources at manufacture plants and power stations of average capacity in subsystems of direct generation and reserve capacities, in hybrid systems of power, heat and cold generation, fuel reservation systems.

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