Ask Me Anything with Energy CEOs Part 2 with Ben Edgar!

We’re excited to bring you the second-part in our new three-part series of “Ask Me Anything” with Energy CEOs! Our second session will feature White Harvest Energy President and Founder, Ben Edgar!

RSVP now, as space is limited!

Learn about White Harvest Energy and Ben Edgar’s background before you go!

What is “Ask Me Anything”?

“Ask Me Anything” sessions provide intimate, candid discussions between attendees and energy CEOs where attendees can “ask anything” related to business, strategy, work-life balance and everything in between. The sessions will consist of live questions with a moderator as well as questions sent in prior to the event via social media.

More details to come!

Tour: CNG trucks and Infrastructure at UPS

Learn from UPS about their impressive CNG operations at their facility in Chattanooga! Check out CNG-powered class-8 trucks and a CNG-powered “yard dog,” learn the details behind their refueling and infrastructure (which includes both time-fill and fast-fill), and get your questions answered about how your fleet can save money and reduce emissions by choosing CNG, too. Last but not least, see their maintenance area where they maintain CNG vehicles.

After the tour we will meet in their conference room to answer any other questions you have about UPS’ natural gas operations in Tennessee, then showcase some other examples of CNG users across the state to highlight how CNG is growing in Tennessee.

Who should attend: Any fleet manager interested in compressed natural gas and RENEWABLE natural gas, and private or public fleet managers, heavy-duty CNG-interested people, STEM-interested students, and the general public.

DYK? UPS recently announced that their Chattanooga site will start moving to using RNG – renewable natural gas – very soon!

WHERE: 4300 Founders Way, Chattanooga, TN
WHEN: June 26, 2019 @ 12:45pm ET
OPTION: Join ETCleanFuels for lunch before the tour

Register here!

Launch Tennessee hosting upcoming commercialization resources workshop

Join Launch Tennessee on Monday, May 13 in Chattanooga for an engaging workshop on Tennessee’s SBIR and commercialization resources.

By attending the workshop, you’ll get in-depth exposure to federal grant funding opportunities and learn of resources available to Tennesseans.

Tennessee is one of few states with an entrepreneur-resource infrastructure operating at the state level. Through our statewide partner network, we deliver curriculum, mentors and more to entrepreneurs building high-growth-potential businesses.

LaunchTN maintains a portfolio of resources for Tennessee-based entrepreneurial researchers to advance their commercialization efforts. These resources include:

  1. Networks programs that pair mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs;
  2. Microgrants that provide financial support for grant-writing assistance to Tennessee-based early-stage companies; and
  3. the SBIR Matching Fund that provides non-dilutive capital to Tennessee-based companies upon their successful federal grant award.

Lunch will be provided. Please direct questions about this workshop to allie@launchtn.org

You can register for the workshop here.

White Harvest Energy, 2G Energy continues work on Erlanger CHP project

Erlanger Health System is getting closer to making the complete switch to Combined Heat & Power in Chattanooga.

During the CHP Tour USA informational event held earlier this week, attendees were given insight into the innovative project and its progress as well as a site tour of Erlanger’s 8 MW CHP system.

Ben Edgar, CEO of White Harvest Energy, helped make it all possible. His team has been serving as the developer and operator of the project and will continue some of those duties after completion.

Working alongside 2G Energy, which supplied the CHP equipment, Edgar says the CHP system is expected to go live before the end of the year.

2G Energy Inc., a subsidiary of 2G Energy AG in Germany, is a CHP cogeneration specialist offering cogeneration systems in 50 to 2,000 kW power range. The company has over 5,000 systems installed worldwide, and its U.S. headquarters is located in St. Augustine, Florida.

Unlike individually engineered CHP plants, 2G Energy’s modular systems make installation easier and incorporate components geared towards each other which made the construction phase of the project complete within a matter of months. Good news for Erlanger.

But since Erlanger is an emergency care center that remains in operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the optimal arrangement for their facility is four packaged, reciprocating-engine based CHP units rated at 2,000 kWe each, for a total of 8,000 kWe.

During the presentation, Edgar explained each Heat Recovery Steam Generator is connected to two CHP units to optimize steam generation. The fourth engine is placed in standby and used when other engines are out for planned or unplanned maintenance. In this manner, at least one of the engines in the CHP system can be in operation 24/7/365 along with the hospital.

The 8 MW CHP system generates:

  • 52,000 MWh of electricity annually
  • 12,000 lb/hr 115 degree steam
  • 14,000 MMBtu/hr hot water
  • 800 tons of chilled water

John Loetscher, Vice President of Facilities, Engineering, and Construction at Erlanger cited cost savings and reliability as the leading factors that drove the hospital to make the decision to be powered by a CHP system. Incentives provided by TVA also made the project very economically attractive.

As the icing on the cake, the CHP project is highly sustainable. Due to the increased efficiency of the system, there’s significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Once the system is turned on at Erlanger, it’ll be the equivalent of taking 4,000 cars off the road annually and has the carbon sequestering ability of 20,000 acres of forest.

Edgar also pointed out that while Erlanger’s system is powered by natural gas, the 2G Energy technology is capable of using renewable gas so it would be 100% renewable energy.

TVA Educational open house discussing new IRP

TVA has launched a new Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) that will inform the company’s next long-term financial plan and proactively address the changing utility marketplace.

As with past IRPs, collaboration with customers and stakeholders is vital. The first opportunity for input into the IRP is a 60-day public scoping period starting February 15 and ending April 16, 2018.  During that time, the public can provide input at the IRP website, www.tva.gov/irp; via an email to IRP@tva.gov; or by mail to addresses listed on the IRP website.

  • February 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST. Educational open house at the Westin, Chattanooga, TN.
  • March 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m. CST. Educational open house, MLGW Auditorium, Memphis, TN.

The purpose of the public scoping period is to ensure that a full range of issues and comprehensive portfolio of energy resources are addressed in the IRP.

We encourage you to share your thoughts about important factors TVA should consider in developing the IRP.