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Technology & Market Assessments Services

AESC provides a full complement of technical and management services that help energy investors identify and evaluate energy technology targets of opportunity. Growing energy demand, aging infrastructure and the availability of new technologies all contribute to a climate of increasing opportunities for the deployment of new power generation, energy distribution and innovative end-use energy technologies.

Knowledgeable investors (e.g., utilities, regulators, government agencies and venture capitalists) leverage these opportunities through strategic technology development, market incentive designs and orderly product introduction. AESC engineers assist private and public agencies in all phases of investment project development.

Some examples of AESC’s energy technology assessment services include:

Opportunity Surveying & Screening

For those investors interested in identifying potential technology targets, AESC uses proprietary methods to survey and screen technologies. In doing so, AESC considers the objectives of each investor to achieve maximum results.

Technology Feasibility Assessment

For specific technologies, AESC performs a complete technology assessment uncovering not only problem areas, but also unforeseen value. We work with technology developers in a process known as “Technology Scrubbing”, which highlights technology capabilities and limitations.

Economic Evaluation

Many promising technologies can be market-limited by high price. AESC conducts detailed examinations and testing of cost forecast elements for targeted technologies. This analysis assesses the potential of the developer or manufacturer to reach cost targets within the development time frame.

Technology Demonstration

Proof of concept or field demonstration of an energy technology is essential in establishing potential market value. AESC provides unequaled expertise in the design and execution of field demonstrations of advanced end-use and power-generation technologies.

Market Studies

Before investing in a technology, investors must first understand its market viability. Challenges in the energy industry open new doors and raise interest in energy efficiency, renewable and smart metering. AESC’s market analyses determine the appropriate application for a technology and provide essential information on estimated size, growth and competition.

Technology Progress Verification

For those who have already invested in a particular technology, AESC provides monitoring and reporting services during the transition from product development to commercial rollout, thereby reducing risk through early warning and remedy action.

Technology & Market Assessment Projects

Steam Turbine Generator Performance Diagnostics

AESC provided engineering support to diagnose Sithe Energy’s Naval Station combine cycle plant’s 10 MW steam turbine generator’s performance. AESC collected data from Naval Station’s DCS and analyzed the thermodynamic efficiency of the turbine generator. AESC’s recommendations will save Sithe nearly a $100,000 a year in fuel cost and lost revenues from existing SO-4 contracts.

Evaluation of Self-Generation for Energy Efficiency Programs

Under a contract with the California Board of Energy Efficiency (CBEE), AESC evaluated self-generation alternatives as a potential component of future California energy efficiency programs. Self-generation technologies evaluated included fuel cells, renewable fuel and conventional power plant technologies. Policy, energy balance and economic impacts were analyzed and reported. Recommendations to the CBEE included program designs for self-generation, eligible self-generation technologies and targeted customer classes and applications.

PEM Fuel Cell Technology & Market Assessment

Under a contract with Ticona Celanese, AESC developed current state of the technology and market forecasts for stationary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies. Domestic and international PEM developers were identified. Engineered polymer applications were targeted within the PEM fuel cell plants along with estimated market value resulting from improved performance, reliability or reduced cost.

Survey of Emission Control Technologies for Gas Turbines & Reciprocating Engines

AESC assisted Resource Catalysts / Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with the development of a database of nationwide air quality permitting and emissions control requirements for gas turbines and natural gas-fired and diesel reciprocating engines. Information regarding permitting and emissions control requirements was gathered through a nationwide telephone survey of each air quality control district within in each state.

Distillation System & Cooling Tower Additions

AESC provided engineering and design support for the installation of additional cooling tower capacity and a packaged water distillation unit at Sithe’s Naval Station combine cycle plant. These systems will enhance the plant’s performance and lower operating costs, while maintaining the plant’s qualified facility status. AESC provided the thermo-hydraulic analysis and equipment sizing as well as engineering design support and construction management for the project.

Hong Kong Renewal Energy Study

AESC was part of a team of experts that studied the application of renewable energy systems in Hong Kong. AESC provided expertise in renewable fueled power generation, including fuel cells. The study was funded by the Hong Kong government, and Camp Dresser McGee is the prime contractor.

Strategic Technology Assessment

AESC performed a broad scoping study that identified key technologies that will have great impact on San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) utility business. Technologies screened included distributed generation, broadband and wireless telecommunications, advanced large gas turbines, flexible AC transmission and hybrid vehicles. Results were presented to SDG&E board of directors for approval of technology business subsidiary.

Distributed Generation Technology & Market Assessment

As part of AmerenUE’s integrated resource planning effort, AESC identified market applicable DG technologies, gathered performance and cost characteristics, and developed market penetration scenarios for different incentive program designs.