The examples below are representative projects that apply Kanin Energy's approach. The details do not match a specific project but offer an illustrative example based on real-world scenarios.
Waste Heat to Power
Generating electricity at a natural gas compressor station
Many industrial processes vent flue gas that contains a significant amount of wasted energy that can be converted into electricity. Examples included natural gas compressor stations that move natural gas around the continent.
These compressor stations use gas turbines - essentially modified aircraft jet engines - tied to mechanical compressors to maintain pressure in the pipeline. They usually burn natural gas, and more than half of the energy goes up the stack as wasted energy.
Kanin uses best-in-class Organic Rankine Cycle systems to convert some of that wasted energy into valuable, baseload electricity. Offering a bundled solution, Kanin brings together the expertise, equipment and capital partners required to execute, paying the host facility for their wasted heat and generating green, baseload power with no additional CO2 emissions.
Cost to Host
Revenue to Host
Rolls Royce RB211
32 MW (43,000 HP)
$350,000 per year
40,250 tonnes per year
Heating industrial complexes sustainably
The best way to use heat energy is without converting it. Often this is difficult because heat does not transport very far without cooling down. Even with heavy insulation, 20 miles (32 km) is the furthest hot fluids can be transported.
There are some cases, however, that provide excellent opportunities to get the most out of a waste heat resource rather than convert it to power. One example is at industrial parks, regions where heavy industry is clustered in an area with facilities a few kilometres from one another. In these situations there will often be a facility that is exhausting significant waste heat out a stack, while another facility down the road is burning significant natural gas to create heat.
A heat network is a carefully planned system of heat exchangers and pipes that collect wasted heat from some facilities and delivers it to others, allowing some companies to monetize a waste product and others to avoid using natural gas or electricity to create heat. In this example, the industrial park pays for the project themselves and Kanin Energy supports the development.
5 facilities: timber kiln, chemical curing, warehouse heat
214,000 tonnes per year