Power-Gen International Looks at Resiliency & Microgrids

Greetings!

Another busy week last week for Vergent Power.  Much of it spent out in the field with our existing customer base in New England like the Mass Maritime Academy, Stonyfield Yogurt and TACO HVAC.  We’re proud to be getting these great companies and institutions under Vergent Power long-term service contracts.

I also spent a day with the Power-Gen International Steering Committee, of which I am proud to have been a member for the past five years.  Together with some very impressive industry leaders, we helped to assemble the Power-Gen International Conference this December in Orlando. 

The Onsite Power Committee put together three very exciting sessions on the topics of microgrids, resiliency of distributed generation against weather-related power outages, and how cheap and abundant natural gas is changing the power gen landscape.  I am very impressed with this year’s batch of speakers, which organizer PennWell will announce soon.

And Vergent Power will soon be announcing some new positions for which we are hiring...

Vergent Power's Flare Gas Solution

Greetings!

Vergent Power and Capstone Turbine just returned from a week in the Bakken shale area.  It’s simply amazing to see the level of activity brought on by shale exploration in a once quiet corner of the North Dakota prairie.

The other phenomenon we witnessed was an abundance of gas flaring.  Nearly every well pad seemed to have a flare.  Oil producers are under pressure to reduce or eliminate flaring from government, the media, the public, and their own pocketbooks.  Gas flares not only pollute the air; they also represent a significant economic loss to the oil companies themselves.  Instead of flaring, associated gas could be brought to market or used onsite to produce power in place of high-cost diesel fuel.

Microturbines are an ideal solution for flare gas, and for the Bakken area in particular.  Microturbines, unlike many other power generators, can run on the rich gas found in the Bakken.  In fact, microturbines can reliably and efficiently run on propane, which can have an energy content that is up to three times higher than natural gas.  Because of our patented air-bearing technology and the fact that there is only one moving part in the turbine, there is only six hours of scheduled maintenance on average per year.  That is a critical benefit for remote areas, and in places where labor is at a premium, as it is in North Dakota right now.

The energy companies we talked to were hungry for new solutions.  Vergent Power and Capstone will also be working closely with groups such as the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Energy and Environment Research Center to promote microturbines to as wide an audience as possible in order to get this innovative yet proven technology deployed in the Bakken. 

Vergent Power is incredibly excited to be part of what we think is a fundamental shift in the approach towards flare gas in the USA. 

Stay tuned for more updates on Vergent Power’s activities in the Bakken, coming soon!

Welcome to vergentpower.com!

We are very pleased to announce the creation of Vergent Power Solutions, Inc.  Vergent Power is a new company that is 100% dedicated to implementing successful microturbine projects and to providing best-in-class service to the existing installed fleet in our territory.  I started the company after working for six years at Capstone Turbine, most recently as the Vice President for Sales in charge of the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.  I bring with me some top-notch technical talent from the Factory. 

Microturbines are an exciting and proven technology with over 60 million operating hours across the world. I have personally been involved in projects in some unbelievable places - on tops of skyscrapers, in the jungles of the rainforest, at altitudes in excess of 8,000 feet, in the hottest deserts and in the coldest tundras, the list goes on and on.  The Capstone microturbine is the only product that uses air bearings in the hot section of a turbine.  The air bearing means that the microturbine uses no oil, no coolants and spins at 96,000 rpm! 

At Vergent Power we excel at three core activities:

  1. Being microturbine experts.    
  2. Working collaboratively with project partners to help them integrate this amazing technology into great projects.    
  3. Standing behind the product for the long term by providing best-in-class service for the life of the microturbine.

We are grateful to Capstone Turbine for selecting us to represent their technology in the Upper Midwest and New England.  We look forward to bringing microturbine energy to your business soon.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from www.vergentpower.com!

Sincerely,

Justin Rathke
President and Founder