Pioneering US cleantech firm Qnergy asks Environmental Protection Agency to tackle decentralized methane with US cleantech

Ogden, Utah, June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Qnergy, the world’s leading manufacturer of clean, reliable electric power based on linear Stirling engines – proven to reduce methane emissions by up to 98% in natural gas operations – today called on the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement its proposed rules on methane emissions.

There are 500,000 natural gas sites in the United States alone, emitting 6.6 million metric tons of methane per year. A new study, published today, shows how Qnergy’s technology alone could reduce that figure by 20% (up to 1,350,000 tons) – the equivalent of taking 24 million cars off the road.

In its submission to the EPA – released today along with a new paper on decentralized methane emissions – the company called on the EPA to;

  • adopt the highest possible performance standards to continue to push the natural gas industry to develop and improve innovative, U.S.-based technologies that help it meet Clean Air Act goals.
  • exclude technologies that emit appreciable amounts of VOCs, CO and NOx, and have a methane slip such as those powered by internal combustion engines
  • recognize and publicly acknowledge that clean technologies already exist on the market (solutions from Qnergy and others) in order to achieve its objectives.

Although methane disperses faster from the atmosphere and is emitted in smaller quantities, it is much more potent than carbon dioxide, trapping 84 times more heat per unit mass.

Qnergy CEO Ory Zik said:

“Solving the decentralized problem of industrial methane emissions is both difficult and easy. It’s easy, because technological solutions already exist to prevent emissions from escaping in the first place. Moreover, there is a commercial incentive to high-emitting industries to convert this ‘waste’ methane into clean, inexpensive fuel.”

“But it’s difficult, because methane emissions are widely distributed. And it’s imperative that the EPA understands that the ccentralized proposed solutions to deal with a decentralized problem just won’t work.”

“Policymakers have not done enough to support or incentivize methane-intensive industries to adopt the decentralized, reliable, U.S.-based clean technology solutions that already exist. Finally, the internal combustion engines that suffer methane ‘slipping’ and emitting noxious gases simply replace one problem with another and should not be part of the solution.”

The white paper,Too small to collect but too big to ignore“, outlines how high-emitting industries and policymakers can begin to meet the challenge of distributed methane

Main findings;

  • There are 500,000 natural gas sites in the United States, emitting 6.6 million metric tons of methane per year. Qnergy technology could reduce this figure by 20% (up to 1,350,000 tons) – the equivalent of taking 24 million cars off the road.
  • 360 metric megatonnes (MMt) of methane are released each year from human activities that can be mitigated and used as clean fuel – rated beyond $100 billion by today’s natural gas prices.
  • The net zero policy, as in waste disposal, is focused on centralized solutions that require complex and costly infrastructure investments, and drive behaviors such as flaring (where methane is burned).
  • Qnergy has a proven solution for this venting methane problem in the natural gas sector. By decentralize disposal and conversion of “waste” methane into fuel, other companies can also gain greater energy independence and reduce emissions.

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Editors’ Notes

Qnergy’s submission to the EPA (redacted)

Qnergy white paper: “Too small to collect but too big to ignore”

Video: Behind Qnergy’s Pioneering Clean Engine Technology

About Qnergy

Qnergy (q-ner-gy) was founded to provide reliable energy using alternative fuels. It is best known for its ability to operate in remote locations and under harsh conditions; resistant to power outages, lowering costs and reducing emissions.

Using Free Piston Stirling Engine technology, its engines are closed systems that require no lubrication, oil changes or repairs, providing many years of uninterrupted operation – a technology recognized by NASA as the most reliable heat engine technology “Of the history”.

With two of the largest sources of methane emissions being the oil and gas supply chain and organic waste, Qnergy’s methane mitigation program uses raw natural gas and biogas to convert methane normally vented into useful energy.

SOURCE Qenergy

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