Piloting a combined Heat and Power Distributed Generation System Powered by Anhydrous Ammonia


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Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Piloting a combined Heat and Power Distributed Generation System Powered by Anhydrous Ammonia
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project will develop and demonstrate an advanced prototype of the Sturman ICE HCCI system designed to precisely control fuel and air valves with sensor measurement for cycle-to-cycle feedback adjustments. The prototype, optimized to burn natural gas and anhydrous ammonia, will be integrated with a 1.0 MW generator and will be deployed at a metal smelting facility in the SCE service territory, with waste heat being diverted to metal preheating or bottoming-cycle generation. Over the course of the project the project team will: Collect standard performance data for the Sturman engine for both fuel scenarios, including emissions data; monitor the performance of the combined heat and power system and subsystems; and, monitor exposure and other environmental effects related to possible leakage of NH3. The project team wil analyze the data to determine or estimate engine efficiency, total system efficiency, emissions performance, cost-of-electricity, NH3-exposure risk, and any other relevant performance parameters. Knowledge gained from the NH3 portion of the research will yield insight as to the safety and feasibility of using ammonia as a fuel in industrial settings. The term for this project si 36 months.. The first year of the project is dedicated to system design. The 2nd year focus will be on system optimization and installation. The remainder of the project entails data collection and analysis. The total amount being requested is $997,226 reimbursable to the University of California, Los Angeles. There are no major subcontractors, but minor subcontracts totaling $102,818 are included in the UCLA total. Total amount also includes $18,000 for emissions testing equipment. In addition, approximately $1,000,000 is being offered as (non-required) match expenditure in the form of equipment being purchased and installed by the host site, CA Metals-X in Los Angeles.

Contact Information
Michael Sokol
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1416


Los Angeles Los Angeles, City of
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15306, Class 6
Reasons for Exemption
Basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities that do not result in major disturbances to an environmental resource.

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