A breakthrough technology now emerging in the field of electric power generation, is a super-efficient, household scale, standalone generator able to operate continuously 24/7. Employing fuel cells running on ordinary fuels, it is the size of a home dishwasher, yet able to operate at higher efficiencies than the largest power plants and deliver power more reliably than the utility grid.
Appropriately called the AnywherEnergy (AE) system, it is ideal for meeting nearly any power application beyond the grid:
- It runs on virtually any ordinary liquid or gas fuel, including pipeline natural gas, high sulfur military JP-8, renewable biofuels, and even used cooking oil.It is very efficient and when otherwise wasted heat is utilized, its efficiency can approach 100%.
- It is scalable by adding units … with no loss of efficiency penalty.
What’s more, the AE system offers several pathways toward reducing climate changing CO2 emissions: greater fuel efficiency, cogeneration, carbon-neutral biofuels, and potentially carbon capture and sequestration.
Proven Worldwide Markets
All R&D is complete and prototypes have been tested and proven by the US DOD.
The flexibility and capabilities of the AE system will open altogether new prospects for extending electric power worldwide. TMI is now ramping up to production of AE systems which will quickly be deployed to mission critical applications such as remote health clinics, mountaintop cell towers, disaster relief (think Puerto Rico, etc.), computer/digital 24/7 support, and military forward posts. As production costs come down, competitive prices and the desire for “personal power” may well stimulate viral adoption in a multitude of applications worldwide, including residences, ranches, other small commercial operations. Ultimately, it is likely to compete for all smaller scale applications now served by grid systems.
AE systems have one of the lowest levelized costs in the entire fuel cell industry, because,
- Maintenance intervals are over 10,000 hours
- Installation and maintenance by local workforce with no special tools or equipment
- Real-time alert monitoring and voice communication
- No precious materials
- No specialized or pretreated fuels required
With R&D complete, the company has transitioned to a licensing mode and is seeking to partner with leading manufacturing and marketing firms who see fuel cell systems as a strategic priority for their business.
Few investments today present greater potential for long term, sustained financial returns. As the AE system moves into production, a realistic analog for its investment and growth potential is the explosive emergence of digital age companies totally dependent on the fusing of the 24/7 availability of the Internet with information based software and hardware. Personal power from fuel cells is the missing link required to connect digital age products and services to half the world’s population, now lacking reliable power.
Long term investors will have the option of either reinvesting initial capital to continue to increase financial returns or exiting to pursue other opportunities.
Technology Management, Inc. (TMI) was organized to acquire and commercialize a low cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology from SOHIO/BP. Its proven (and ambitious) product development strategy has been to engineer multiple features into a single proprietary platform for embodiment in branded products (e.g., like Intel processors inside computers). We supply this technology as an OEM sub system to systems manufacturers in different fields of use and focus our engineering on proprietary improvements which will serve as barriers to market entry for potential competitors. Marketing will be done by both producers and by partners aligned commercially and geographically with the myriad market segments around the world.
We identified fuel flexibility as the linchpin to market entry and load-following as a key to market expansion. Added to the operating features inherent in the SOFC …24/7 operation, modularity, and low environmental impact … these engineered features are unique to the technology we call the AnywherEnergy (AE) system. Flex-fuel and load-following differentiate it from all other distributed generation sources of energy, including all other known fuel cell systems.
We expect that the AnywherEnergy (inside) logo appearing under the brand of our partner corporations will represent the gold standard for the fuel cell industry in terms of performance, reliability, cost savings and business integrity.
Unique Features and Benefits Differentiate the AnywherEnergy™ System
The AnywherEnergy™ (AE) system. The AE system is an appliance-sized generator producing electricity, which is 100% available, “on-demand,” … anytime, anywhere. Continuous availability, until now exclusive to grid-delivered power, is an entirely new category within the distributed generation (DG) industry. Uninterrupted power, with 10,000 hour-plus maintenance intervals, differentiates the AE solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system from solar, wind, and engine sources, all of which require and must constantly replace expensive deep cycle batteries to overcome intermittency and achieve reliable power night and day, fair weather or foul.
AE systems can standalone or be retrofitted to provide reliability and availability for any solution relying on batteries for uninterrupted power availability. AE systems require no energy storage to offset the problems of intermittent sources.
The electro-chemical process of the solid oxide fuel cell generates electricity at high efficiency with a non-toxic output, immediately reducing environmental impact, carbon footprint and fuel cost. Its heat output, otherwise wasted, is suitable for cogeneration which can raise overall system efficiency to nearly 100%.
The AE system:
- Operates on virtually any liquid or gas fuel, does not require sulfur removal, and can switch fuels “on the fly” without shutdown. When operating on renewable biofuels, the carbon footprint of the AE system is zero.
- Load-follows and can match its output to varying demands.
- Is stackable for more or less power and redundancy for high reliability
- Is maintainable by one person without special tools or equipment,
- Combines compactness with a quiet, non-polluting operation to allow:
- Safe siting indoors
- On board power for trucks, boats, rail, etc.- always on, auxiliary power enables:
- Anti-idling and overnight “hotel loads”.
- Mobile medical clinics
- Silent watch, surveillance
- Operating power, rapidly deployed, up and running at the destination for
- Disaster relief and emergencies
- Military command and control
- Solving the “intermittency” problem for
- “Islanded” communities (e.g., First Nations, Rain Forests, National Parks, etc.)
- Fishing, hunting, and recreational lifestyles
- Unreliable grid service areas (e.g., locations hurricane threatened, remote, rural and/or with low population density).
The AE system is designed for applications in the 1-10 kW range. Its highest value is continuous, reliable power for commercial applications like mobile banking, data centers or telecommunications in off-grid or poor grid locations. The only options today are intermittent sources of power, which require batteries and backup, resulting in a cost per kilowatt-hour 10 to 20 times higher than grid-delivered electricity.
Still untapped, and orders of magnitude larger, are end user demands for “power on demand” and elastic demands across all sectors. TMI believes fuel cells, as they penetrate “continuous power on demand” markets will lift the entire DG industry over the tipping point to where the public will begin adopting DG as an alternative to grid delivered power. As production volumes reduce prices, acceptance rates will increase.
End User Benefits.
AE systems can operate standalone, clustered in multiples, or in conjunction with other systems. For continuous power in offgrid locations, it can displace toxic, noisy, and inefficient diesel generators and intermittent solar/wind-battery systems. As a retrofit, AE systems increase reliability and availability for existing intermittent solutions and poor grid service.
Other benefits include:
- Fuel flexibility. AE system’s fuel flex capability allows the use of existing fuel suppliers and the option to switch to other fuels, based on cost, convenience or availability.
- Ultra-high reliability. For customers requiring “zero outage” such as cell tower operators, mobile banking networks, and health clinics, AE systems eliminate the requirement for batteries and backup generators.
- Ultra-high efficiency. AE systems are 2-3 times as fuel efficient as comparable diesel engines, with the unique ability to load-follow without loss of efficiency. Additionally, using otherwise wasted heat for cogeneration (e.g., to sterilize or heat water, provide comfort heating, or power absorption refrigerators), AE systems can approach 100% energy efficiency, slashing energy expenses.
- Cost-effective. AE systems, configured in multiples, allow “hot-swapping” for maintenance without shutdown and increased reliability without the cost of non-productive capital tied up in extra standby equipment. Indirect savings include lower maintenance logistics and indoor siting which eliminates large, outdoor footprints and vulnerability to weather, vandalism and theft.
- Load following. AE systems can load-follow electrical demands as they change to maximize cost-effectiveness and eliminate oversizing capacity.
- Carbon footprint. The high efficiency of the AE systems reduces the emissions by one-half to two-thirds of an equivalent combustion engine generator. Migrating from fossil to biofuels reduces an already low carbon footprint to net zero.
- Carbon Sequestration. Advanced systems now in design stage will capture CO2 and transform it into marketable products or for permanent sequestration resulting in a negative carbon footprint.
In short, the flexibility of the AE system’s design will break new ground for distributed generation applications yet to be created.
The AE system is being prepared for a soft launch to measure market demand in three sectors: individual consumers, commercial businesses and the independent sector.
All R&D is complete and pre-production systems have been tested by end users operating on multiple fuels in many venues, including a six (6) week, 16 mission evaluation by the US Army (Ft. Benning, GA) using JP-8 jet fuel, the standard military fuel used throughout the world.
Many home and business owners will embrace independence from wires and grid power, recognizing the advantages of having a second source of 24/7/365 reliable power, particularly at “end -of-line” locations in rural areas which suffer extended outages from ice and wind storms.
- No toxic emissions means the AE system can be installed indoors nearly anywhere in a home or business.
The AE system can be used in mobile as well as stationary applications making it ideal for lifestyles and professions using RVs, boats, or vehicles. The AE system can also be “dismounted” at destinations and used onsite for recreational cabins, or in “tiny homes” or “on-board” as a range extender for electric vehicles or for auxiliary power instead of idling the main engine.
Access to continuous energy on demand is crucial for sustaining business operations and quality of life. In the developed world, all advances tied to the digital economy, from artificial intelligence to faster computers to faster communications with more bandwidth and more coverage and faster capture and analysis of big data ALL assume 24/7 access to the internet, which is totally dependent on 24/7 power on demand.
In developing regions, access to energy is the prerequisite for sustaining increased family incomes and economic growth. Yet a stunning 40% of the world’s population live and work in areas of Africa, Asia, India, or on island nations where grid service is poor or non-existent.
This is the largest untapped customer base in the world for distributed generation (DG) power. AE systems are ideally suited for applying business models used by the computer and utility service industries into for-profit electric service businesses providing affordable kilowatt-hours for this population.
- Augmenting performance of existing micro-grid services by increasing power availability to 100%, reducing capital tied up in over-capacity, and eliminating deep cycle battery replacement expenses.
- Biofuels grown and supplied by local farmers can increase incomes and reduce emissions to a net zero carbon footprint.
- Serving local businesses using (free) heat to provide purified water or contract refrigeration.
The availability of power in off-grid communities, where over a billion people live and work is essential for sustained economic growth. Local organizations serving this population whose missions will be enabled by AE systems include:
- ESCOs (electric service companies), operated for profit and co-owned with communities, underwriting services which catalyze economic development which in turn increases demands for more power.
- Rural medical clinics, the “outermost ring” of a country’s public health system powering:
- A 120 bed Category III Medical Clinic (as defined by USAID).
- Real-time wireless telecommunications, which link hospitals, clinics and mobile medical units with patients and emergency situations,
- Reliable mHealth services to assist caregivers via cell phones, and
- APUs (auxiliary power units) for mobile medical vans and emergency response.
- NGOs providing:
- Microfinance and mobile banking services,
- Drinking water services using clean waste heat (instead of chemicals) to sterilize water and continuous electricity to power advanced distilling systems, and
- Lighting for training and education after dark.
- Local community groups using clean heat for cooking, eliminating the time spent by women and children to gather biomass and their exposure to toxic fumes from open fires.
In summary, tens of thousands of existing organizations could be end users AND distributors of power and power-enabled products and services to local markets. Collectively, these organizations are potential on-the-ground partners to work with TMI to introduce, operate, maintain and scale AE systems in place and in different communities.
TMI is now seeking:
- Strategic partnerships with established manufacturing and distribution companies and
- Patient investors from the independent sector, both private and corporate, to fund and participate in our continued expansion and growth, starting a soft launch program and pilot manufacturing for early majority markets.
- Multiple licensing opportunities are available.
Interested parties should contact:
Benson P. Lee, President and CEO