Ask Me Anything with Energy CEOs event continues with second part featuring Ben Edgar

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is continuing its new, three-part series “Ask Me Anything” featuring some of Tennessee’s most prominent energy CEOs with a trip down to Chattanooga.

On Tuesday, August 13 at The Edney Innovation Center, attendees will have the opportunity to ask anything from Ben Edgar, President and Founder of White Harvest Energy.

These “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 consists of live questions with a moderator as well as questions sent in prior to the event via social media. We will have announcements leading up to the event of when we’ll be accepting those questions, so look out for these on our LinkedIn PageFacebook Page or Twitter Page.

You can register for the event by clicking here.

Edgar’s company played a significant role in implementing Erlanger Medical Center’s 8MW CHP system to the hospital by working alongside 2G Energy, which supplied the CHP equipment.

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.

Ben Edgar, President & Founder, White Harvest Energy

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.

Erlanger’s new combined heat and power (CHP) system is designed to capture and reuse all of the steam generated in several gas-fired power generators to produce electricity for lighting and appliances, hot water for laundry and showers, steam for building heat and chilled water for air conditioning across Erlanger’s sprawling campus

White Harvest Energy came to Erlanger with the prospect of landing a $6.75 million TVA grant, which the federal utility included in its 2011 consent agreement with EPA and environmental groups as part of $350 million allocated for clean energy projects to generate electricity with less of a carbon footprint and with fewer air emissions.

White Harvest Energy served as the developer and operator of the project and continues some of those duties since completion.

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

In May, Silicon Ranch Corporation hosted the first-part of the series with Co-Founder and CEO Matt Kisber.

We hope you’ll join us on August 13!

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.

Erlanger hopes to be energy showcase with CHP plant, TAEBC member assists with development

(NOTE: This article was originally published on Times Free Press.)

Erlanger Health System is building a $13 million natural gas-fired energy system at its main campus which hospital officials believe will be a showcase project for cutting energy, expenses and pollution.

Chattanooga’s biggest hospital plans to install the 8-megawatt Combined Heat and Power facility next year in a former incinerator building to generate most of the electricity and most of the hot water consumed in the 2.5-million-square-foot medical complex on East Third Street.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is providing $6.75 million to match the hospital’s investment under a green energy pilot program designed to encourage more efficiency through combined heat and energy facilities.

“This is kind of perfect model for a CHP (combined heat and power) plant because we will be able to reduce emissions, create a more reliable energy source for the hospital with on-site generation and also save us a great deal of costs on our overall energy bill,” said John Loetscher, vice president of facilities, engineering and real estate at Erlanger who has been working on the project since shortly after he arrived at Erlanger in 2015.

Since hospitals use a lot of steam and hot water around the clock, such facilities are ideal to capture the excess steam and heat generated in a power plant that produces steam to turn turbines to make electricity. The idea behind combined heat and power, or co-generation, is to capture the heat that would normally be wasted in electricity generation and supply it to local buildings as well.

The new system is designed to achieve as much as an 80 percent efficiency, which is nearly double what some traditional power plants get from burning fossil fuel, making steam to make electricity and then distributing that power over long distances.

“We hope this can not only save energy and money but be a real showcase to demonstrate the potential of distributed energy,” said Ben Edgar, president of White Harvest Energy, a 3-year-old Chattanooga company that has worked with Erlanger and TVA to plan and develop the project. “Chattanooga is already known for its smart grid and we hope this can be a model for others as well. We’re going to be one of the highest efficiency CHPs (combined heat and power units) and the modular nature of it is also groundbreaking.”

By having its own generation, Erlanger also expects an extra layer of reliability to its power supply, which already has multiple connections with EPB, the local TVA power distributor, and its own diesel-fired generators for power in the event of an electrical blackout.

Read more here.

White Harvest Energy helps Erlanger win funding for new energy saving facility

White Harvest Energy and Erlanger joined forces to apply for and win a $6.75 million grant which will help pay for a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.

white-harvestOverall the new facility will cost $13 million and will bring major energy cost savings, cleaner air and more reliable power.

John Loetscher, vice president for Erlanger facilities, engineering and real estate, said the project should have a payback of just under four years on Erlanger’s $6.25 million investment.

White Harvest Energy is a Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council member. The company has a location in Chattanooga and helps utilities, electric power distributors, cooperatives and other companies adapt to a changing market by incorporating the best technologies available in the marketplace. White Harvest Energy is currently introducing businesses to the best modular Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants on the market and that includes Erlanger Health System in its own backyard.

Doug Edgar, the Vice President of Operations at White Harvest Energy, is particularly excited about how this project could open more opportunities throughout the region.

“This project highlights the great potential we have in our community and throughout the state of Tennessee to implement common sense clean energy projects,” said Edgar.

The project includes three modular natural gas combined heat and power units sized at two MW each totaling to six MW. These units will generate electricity for the hospital to use. The heat also generated from the units as a by-product will be captured and used to displace natural gas consumed by the steam boilers in the existing central energy plant. Right now all the campus’ heat is generated by the four boilers in the central energy plant. In the new system, there will be one single fuel source.

erlanger-health-systemThe new plant will be next to the central energy plant at the rear of the hospital. The design and construction of the new power plant will take approximately two years.

The Erlanger Health System is a multi-hospital system with five hospitals based in Chattanooga: the Baroness Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger North Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital, located in Pikeville, TN. Erlanger is the 7th largest public hospital in the United States and has been recognized as “Chattanooga’s number one hospital” by U.S. News and World Report.

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TAEBC talks opportunity with House Energy Task Force

TAEBC meets with House Energy Task Force

TAEBC meets with the House Energy Task Force

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council kicked off the unofficial start of summer on May 23 by joining the House Energy Task Force on a tour of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 facility and meeting with Task Force members to discuss energy as an economic driver for the state.

TVA’s Watts Bar team led a discussion and tour with House Energy Task Force Chair, Representative John Ragan, member Representative Sheila Butt and TAEBC members: Schneider Electric, White Harvest Energy and the Howard Baker Jr. Center through the construction site and into the Unit 2 reactor. About 3,200 people are working to complete Watts Bar 2, which will be the first nuclear plant in the U.S. to meet new Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations set after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

After the tour, Rep. Ragan led a discussion with fellow House Energy Task Force member Rep. Sheila Butt about the Task Force’s desire to develop a state energy policy that is unique to Tennessee.

TAEBC members participated in the conversation by sharing information about their companies and why our state is uniquely positioned to gain its fair share of the $1 trillion, global advanced energy economy. TAEBC stands ready to share information and experiences with the Task Force so that Tennessee is well positioned to use advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy.

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