Turboden's 10 MWel ORC Technology to Support Tallgrass’ Decarbonization Efforts in Ohio

Project to provide 100% decarbonized power to the University of Dayton, reducing its carbon footprint by over 70%

24 June 2024

Brescia, Italy — 24 June 2024 – Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Tallgrass to develop an innovative waste heat to power facility near Washington Court House in Fayette County, Ohio. Turboden will supply its advanced Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology for the facility, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2025. The decarbonized power generated will be supplied through the local power utility AES-Ohio, the University of Dayton, which meets 100% of the university's electricity needs.

This project marks a significant advancement in the University of Dayton’s commitment to sustainable energy, with the potential to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 70%. By capturing wasted heat at Tallgrass’s Rockies Express Pipeline compressor station, Turboden's solution will contribute to decarbonizing the U.S. oil and gas sector and promote sustainable development.

“There’s a growing demand for decarbonized energy, and Tallgrass is committed to identifying existing resources, such as wasted industrial heat, that can produce decarbonized power,” noted Tallgrass’ Vice President of Power and Transmission Justin Campbell. He added, “We’re confident we’ve identified the right team for this project and look forward to working with Turboden to deliver it for the benefit of our customer.”

The facility will feature a 10 MW ORC system with an air-cooled condenser designed to recover wasted heat from three existing gas turbines. Known for its high availability and flexibility, Turboden’s solution offers fully automated operations with minimal maintenance costs, all while being water-free.

Beyond supporting the University of Dayton’s energy sustainability objectives, the project offers significant benefits for other potential stakeholders. These benefits include the ability to generate and deliver decarbonized electricity through power purchase agreements, enhanced sustainability of operations, and reduced energy consumption. Additionally, the waste heat to power technology is eligible for various tax credits and incentives under the federal Inflation Reduction Act.

The environmental benefits of this project are profound, with an expected generation of up to 85 GWh of emission-free energy and a consequent reduction of over 50,000 tons of CO₂.

“This project exemplifies Turboden's commitment to advancing sustainable energy innovation toward a cleaner, decarbonized future,” said Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO and Managing Director at Turboden. “The success of this project, along with numerous other projects and opportunities in North America, has led us to consider opening a U.S.-based subsidiary to enhance our operations and presence in the region.”

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