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Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting
Raser is a leader in rapidly developing cost-effective geothermal resources. They are able to harness lower-heat input (200 - 300 degrees F) compared to usual flash-to-steam geothermal processes. In Nov. 2008 they completed their first plant, with power purchase agreement for 7.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is nearly twice the cost of the cheapest wind farms. However, unlike wind or solar, geothermal is capable of base-load power production, providing a constant output, 24/7/365.
Instead of using electricity to turn a heat pump to cool a liquid, Raser runs a warmed liquid through a heat pump to generate electricity.
With their rapid, low-cost deployment capability, they could maximize the U.S. geothermal capacity within ten years, if assisted by other companies, to harness the 100 Gigawatts available. By themselves, their business plan sets forth an ambitious roll-out schedule to achieve 1,000 Megawatts by the end of ten years.
Raser is also a leader in developing motors for the electric vehicle industry, which augments the geothermal technology that produces base-load power at a constant output 24/7. The plug-in electric vehicles can utilize the electricity produced through the night.
- http://www.cyrqenergy.com - "Cyrq Energy is a renewable energy company primarily focused on geothermal power development. Cyrq has one operating geothermal power plant in southern Utah in addition to its geothermal interests in various stages of development in New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and Indonesia."
- Download (13 Mb; mp3) - On September 8, 2008 Sterling D. Allan conducted a live, 1-hour interview with Mike Hayter, Raser’s Director of Geothermal Development, as part of the Free Energy Now radio series.
- Raser Technologies Announces Video News Update on Its PHEV Project - The company released a video showing in conjunction with FEV and a yet to be named global auto manufacturer, that they have completed the integration of the 200 KW Symetron traction motor and 100 KW generator and initial testing of those components. (BusinessWire; Feb. 5, 2009)
- Raser Completes First Commercial Geothermal Power Project In Utah In Over 20 Years And Schedules Ribbon Cutting Ceremony And Press Conference - (Oct. 23, 2008)
- Raser Technologies - Raser Technologies develops innovative, high-performance electric motor and controller technology for clean renewable power.
- Raser Wins West Java Geothermal Development Concession - Chosen to develop, in conjunction with Indonesia Power, over 100,000 acres of geothermal resources to build an estimated 110 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power in West Java, Indonesia’s most populated island. (Sept. 3, 2008)
- Raser Technologies Adds 32,700 Acres To Its Geothermal Resource Portfolio - Obtained seventeen new lease agreements covering approximately 32,700 acres of geothermal, surface and other rights in Central Utah. (Aug, 27, 2008)
- The First Geothermal Power Project in New Mexico - Beginning the construction phase of the first commercial geothermal power project in New Mexico. (Aug, 22, 2008)
- 100 MPG Plug-In Hybrid Light Truck For Initial Release To Utility And Government Fleets - Developing a 100 mile per gallon (mpg) light truck in addition to a 100 mpg SUV. Raser’s plug-in electric drive system is designed to allow light trucks such as the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150, or Dodge Ram to achieve over 100 mpg in typical local daily driving with near zero emissions, by using electricity instead of petroleum as the primary fuel. (July, 22, 2008)
- COMPLETION OF WILSON SYMETRON™ ALTERNATOR FIELD TESTS - Wilson Auto Electric has completed field testing of its heavy duty alternators incorporating Raser’s Symetron™ technology. (July 16, 2008)
- Completes Drilling Phase Of Utah Geothermal Production Well - Geothermal production well in southern Utah for use in a binary-cycle geothermal power plant for generating clean, renewable electric power. (Feb. 27, 2008)
More developments found at News Archives
How it Works
"Their approach is ingenious. Part of their success comes from the principle of mass producing well-established, off-the-shelf (from United Technologies Corp.), modular components.
They also have an edge because of their concept of taking the air conditioning industry technology and essentially running it in reverse. Instead of using electricity to turn a heat pump to cool a liquid, they run a warm liquid through a heat pump to generate electricity.
The secondary liquid that is heated through a heat exchanger from the geothermal-heated water has a boiling temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Converting that proprietary fluid to vapor is what turns the generator (heat pump). In this "reverse" direction from the air conditioner, turbines replace the impeller of the heat pump.
This enables Raser to use much lower temperatures than what traditional geothermal plants have required in which water is flashed to steam and run through a turbine. At normal atmospheric pressure, water boils at 212ºF, but under pressure -- typical of a geothermal system -- the temperature can go much higher before flashing to steam. Typical plants require the temperature to be at least 360ºF to be feasible.
Raser's generators are optimized to run on between 200º to 300ºF, which previously was essentially a useless level of heat." (by Sterling Allan
The increased output can be achieved at less than 10% increase in cost. A potential 4 to 1 leverage in profit for alternator manufacturers and their customers.
- Improves output up to 56% without changing size
- Increases performance in same size motor or reduce alternator size with same output
- Provides more power for additional accessories for today's vehicles
- Delivers the needed increased power to replace belt-driven mechanical and hydraulic devices with electric motor-driven subsystems in order to improve fuel efficiency
Video by PES Network
- Raser Technologies' First Geothermal Plant -- Ribon Cutting - The ribbon-cutting on Nov. 6, 2008 celebrated the first plant they have completed, with eight other plants in various phases of construction. (YouTube; February 25, 2009)
Videos by Raser
- Raser's 50-Unit Power Generation Network - 4-minute video; Beaver County, Utah, Sept. 2008.
- "Up To Speed" Video Series at RaserTech.com
- Well to Wheels
- Renewing Our Future
- Interview with Dr. Joseph Moore
- News Media Videos
Videos: Other Coverage
- Utah's new geothermal plant provides electricity to Calif. (KSL TV; November 8th, 2008)
- Waste Heat Recovery
- This proprietary technology allows 20-35% additional power generation through heat transfer. This means more power generated from lower temperature water, allowing more output from an existing site and many more lower temperature sites to become developed.
- By packaging new technology with up to 35% improvements in power generation and by leveraging and monetizing renewable energy tax credits, Raser is uniquely positioned to execute a timely and potentially very profitable green power strategy.
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- Raser Technologies, Inc. Patents Advanced Electric Motor Technology; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Awards Raser Patent for its Symetron Motor Technology - (Jan. 25, 2005)
Company: Raser Technologies, Inc.
Formed in 2003, Raser is a publicly traded technology licensing company focused on improving the efficiency of rotating electromagnetic and heat transfer applications within the Transportation, Industrial and Power Generation markets. Raser's Symetron™ motor technology is designed to take electric motor technology closer to its theoretical limit. Application of Symetron™ generally requires simple changes to existing products, but yields significant increases in power, performance and efficiency without the use of exotic materials. The company is also expanding its interest in power generation to include the development of geothermal electricity generating plants, deriving revenues from both the sale of the electricity as well as through monetizing the tax credits and attributes that such plants possess.
This strategy combines clean renewable power generation with more efficient use of power in electric motors for hybrid vehicles and industrial applications. This strategy is born from a natural synergy of Raser’s three business segments combining power generation, automotive, and industrial market segments.
The company's headquarters are in Provo, Utah. In the company's motor lab, engineers conduct advanced motor research including the design, assembly and testing of its own new motor designs, and test demonstration installations and enhancements on behalf of its customers.
Raser Technologies, Inc. became a public company in October of 2003. The company's stock symbol is NYSE Arca: RZ.
In the News
- Utah’s Raser Technologies files Chapter 11 - Raser ... is seeking bankruptcy protection with a restructuring agreement worked out with bondholders and secured creditors. The company listed $107.8 million in debt and $41.8 million in assets as of Dec. 31, in Chapter 11 documents filed Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Nineteen affiliates also sought court protection. Business operations won’t be affected by the bankruptcy, said CEO Nick Goodman. (Salt Lake Tribune; May 02 2011)
- Feature: Geothermal > Raser >
Steam Dream: Utah's Geothermal Energy Potential - Geothermal compared to other renewables as well as coal and natural gas. Raser is deploying cost-effective geothermal resources, able to harness lower-heat input (200 - 300 degrees F) compared to usual flash-to-steam geothermal processes. Unlike wind or solar, geothermal is capable of base-load power production, providing constant output. (PESN; September 1, 2010)
- Raser Receives Approval for $32.99 Million U.S. Treasury Grant - the U.S. Treasury has approved its renewable energy grant application for the Company’s Thermo No. 1 geothermal power plant. The grant is provided by the U.S. Treasury Department under the Section 1603 renewable energy grant program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (BusinessWire; Feb. 17, 2010)
- Raser ready to flip the switch on Beaver geothermal plant Within the next week, Raser Technologies Inc. expects to begin transmitting around 7 megawatts of electricity generated at its new geothermal plant outside of Beaver to the city of Anaheim in Southern California. (Salt Lake Tribune; March 13, 2009)
- Top 100 / Featured / Videos: Geothermal > Raser >
PESN Releases Video of Raser Geothermal Ribbon-Cutting - Sterling Allan and Robert Pritchett report on the Nov 6, 2008 ribbon-cutting event for the first of 8+ geothermal plants being built by Raser Technologies, which is now commissioned and producing competitive base-load power for a town in California. (YouTube) (PESN Videos; Feb. 26, 2009)
- Top 100: Wind / Geothermal > Raser
Beaver aims to be 'renewable capital of Utah' - Beaver County is fast becoming a convergence point for companies wanting to harness renewable forms of energy like geothermal wells or the persistent wind. (Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 28, 2008)
- (The following story by PES Network, Inc. includes links to other news agencies' coverage of this event.)
- Top 100 / Featured: Geothermal > Raser >
Raser Plant Ribbon-Cutting Ushers New Geothermal Clean Energy Era - This wasn't just a ribbon cutting for the first operating geothermal plant by Raser; it was a worldwide inauguration of a new breed of energy that is clean, renewable, reliable, and competitive. (PESN; Nov. 7, 2008)
- Raser is Rapidly Deploying Cost-Effective Geothermal Power - Instead of using electricity to turn a heat pump to cool a liquid, Raser runs a warmed liquid through a heat pump to generate electricity. With their rapid, low-cost deployment capability, they could maximize the U.S. geothermal capacity within ten years. (PESN; Sept. 4, 2008)
- New Geothermal Technology Could Tap 120,000MW of Energy - Raser Technologies broke ground on New Mexico’s first geothermal power plant, which will incorporate an innovative binary liquid technology that allows it to make use of the site’s low levels of geothermal energy. (Inhabitat; Aug. 28, 2008)
- FEV Hybrid Technology (Part 1) - Raser Technologies, Inc., in conjunction with its systems integration partner, FEV, unveiled components of a new advanced extended-range plug-in series hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and integrated drive system designed for full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. (Engineering TV; July 7, 2008)
- Raser Technologies announces two new geothermal energy projects - ... Raser Technologies has committed to two new geothermal projects, bringing its total project count to seven and representing 70-75 megawatts ... (GizMag; Mar 7, 2008)
- Electric Racer - The Formula race car that Raser Technologies recently built runs solely on electric power from a bank of more than 30 12V batteries and a proprietary drive system based on an ac-induction pancake motor. In dynamometer testing, this drive system has generated as much as 420 ft-lb of torque, enough to produce 500 horsepower at 6,250 rpm.
- Electromagnetic > Raser Technologies - Symetron™ AC induction motor technology achieves high torque without permanent magnets. A few simple changes to conventional motors yield significant increases in power, performance and efficiency. With up to 3 times the power density, a lower cost per kilowatt, Symetron™ is ideal for use in electric & hybrid vehicles, industrial applications and power generation. (Sept. 1, 2006)
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Cyrq Energy, Inc.
Kearns Building, Suite 600
136 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(p) – 801.875.4200
(f) – 801.374.3314
Raser Technologies, Inc.
5152 North Edgewood Drive
Provo, Utah 84604
Toll Free 1-888-81-POWER
David West, Vice President Marketing
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