Tuesday, 19 May 2009

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Review by Bhadresh Modi, P.Eng.

The seminar and Fuel Cell plant visit organized by the Scarborough Chapter of PEO was very interesting and extremely well presented by Mr. David Teichroeb (Business Development, Fuel Cell Markets) and Mr. Stephen Pogorski, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Market Development Manager, Enbridge Inc).

Event was attended by 31 members and volunteers.

The demonstration Fuel Cell plant at Enbridge premises produces 2.2 megawatts of environmentally preferred, ultra-clean electricity - enough power for approximately 1,700 residences. This is also the first multi-megawatt commercial fuel cell to operate in Canada.

Natural gas travels long distances in pipelines at high pressure. Before it can be safely distributed to homes and businesses, the pressure must be reduced through hundreds of pressure-reducing stations all over Ontario. This is normally done by passing the gas through a valve. Since this process causes the gas to cool, it is usually preheated, which helps to provide reliable supply of natural gas to gas-fired boilers. Instead of using a valve, which wastes the pressure energy, the Direct Fuel Cell – Energy Recovery Generation (DFC-ERG) power plant directs the high-pressure gas through a turbo expander, which harvests the pressure energy for power generation much like a wind or water turbine. In addition to this, the integration of the fuel cell more than doubles the amount of low-impact electricity that is delivered to the electricity grid, and the non-combustion heat from the fuel cell eliminates the need for the boiler and its emissions.

A few of the many benefits associated with the DFC-ERG system include an overall efficiency of 65%, negligible emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx), and dramatically reduced CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. Enbridge and Fuel Cell Energy are helping to create a cleaner and greener tomorrow while simultaneously offering gas utilities an innovative way to capitalize on a natural opportunity to produce Ultra-Clean power.

The Enbridge project demonstrates the commitment for clean energy technologies at the utility scale, and is a major achievement toward the commercialization of fuel cells.

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Review by Aleks Nikolic, P.Eng.

This is my first PEO event in several years and the first one I attended hosted by the Scarborough Chapter. I was pleasantly surprised at how well organized the event was. (I did not expect to be fed at the event - it was just a bonus that made the event even more enjoyable). The tour itself was also well organized by the two presenters of Enbridge. Both were eloquent and entertaining speakers, able to clearly describe the technologies involved. Their proficiency was also commendable because they were able to answer questions ranging from process details, implementation logistics, financial considerations and in-depth engineering issues. They ably handled the barrage of questions at the end of the PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation offered sufficient insight into the technology without being overly long. The tour allowed us to see all of the equipment up-close and to see the application.

Overall - an A+ rating.

Event Information

When 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where

500 Consumers Road,
North York - ON
M2J 1P8

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Registration Bhadresh Modi, P.Eng.
fuelcell@peoscarborough.ca

Registration closing Sunday, 17 May 2009
First come first served.
Priority to Scarborough Chapter members
Then other PEO members, guests and friends.

Cost Sponsored by Scarborough Chapter
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Enbridge Fuel Cell Plant

Enbridge Inc.- Emerging Energy Technologies has ventured into Fuel Cell Technology by partnering with FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed generation.

Enbridge has built a demonstration plant in Toronto for promoting this technology.

Enbridge have kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the plant and to discuss about the emerging technology.

Tour is limited to 40 people. Registration is on first come first served basis.

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Enbridge Fuel Cell Plant

Presenters

David Teichroeb - Business Development - Fuel Cell Markets

teichroeb David has over 15 years of experience in the natural gas and power generation sectors. During this time he has held multiple roles within Enbridge. Currently, he is leading the company’s efforts to invest in multi-megawatt fuel cell technologies. He is accountable for the technology development plans and identifying the necessary policy developments that can support clean, non-combustion technologies like fuel cells. As part of this effort, he is leading Enbridge’s development of a hybrid fuel cell product that offers natural gas utilities a means of harvesting waste energy and converting this energy into environmentally preferred electricity generation.

Stephen Pogorski Ph.D., P.Eng.- Market Development Manager - Sustainable Growth of Enbridge Inc.

Stephen Pogorski has been involved in the energy industry for 20 years and held multiple roles at Enbridge. His current responsibility includes project management of the hybrid fuel cell plant installation at 500 Consumers Road, and for supporting the company's efforts to transform the large stationary fuel cell market into a commercially sustainable market opportunity.

Previous positions at Enbridge include: Manager of Gas Supply /Planning/Supply Management /Special Projects.