Global Greensteam LLC, a subsidiary of Global Green Solutions Inc. (GGRN – $0.09) has filed an application seeking permission for the construction of 10 full scale biomass-to-steam units at Aera Energy’s Belridge Oilfield.
The permit application was prepared by Vector Environmental, a leading California environmental consultant and was submitted to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The document contains exhaustive studies on expected reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and Greensteam’s projected Best Available Control Technology (BACT) performance.
Expected Reductions In Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Greensteam LLC is engaged in the business of producing steam by using residual biomass, which is a carbon neutral fuel, whereas Aera Energy currently uses natural gas for the purpose of producing steam in its advanced oil recovery process.
The study expects that by replacing a number of natural gas fired steam generators with Greensteam biomass fired steam generators, Aera will radically reduce its Greenhouse Gas emission rate by approximately 348,000 tons CO2 per year. For reason of comparison, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, an average U.S. household produces 59 tons CO2 per year.
Best Available Control Technology Performance
Another part of the extensive permit application deals with BACT. BACT is a pollution control standard mandated by the United States Clean Air Act and contains a number of criterions that have been laid down by the world’s most rigorous air quality regulatory agencies.
The permit concludes that the Greensteam combustor will set new BACT benchmarks for a biomass-to-steam thermal conversion technology for four pollutants: Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Particulate Emissions (PM10, PM2.5). Note that the actual emission results will additionally be filed after the demo unit has been fired up.
The filing of this application is yet another successful step in the process of building 10 full-scale Greensteam biomass-to-steam units at Aera Energy. The Company indicated it would take about 6 months to receive the permit from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Construction of the first of its kind Greensteam demonstration unit was concluded in June, 2010. The Company has encountered few delays and is on schedule to fire up the unit by the end of this month. It’s expected that the entire testing and optimization process will be finalized in about 3 months.
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