Demonstration of 4.5 and 25 kW CARB-compliant Reciprocating Engine Micro-CHP Systems

Summary

SCH Number
2018048287
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Demonstration of 4.5 and 25 kW CARB-compliant Reciprocating Engine Micro-CHP Systems
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/12/2018

Document Description
The purpose of this project is to develop and demonstrate two high efficiency, near-zero NOx emission, micro-scale combined heat and power systems. The systems, sized at 4.5 kW and 25 kW, will first undergo lab testing in order to verify compliance with CARB DG emissions standards and obtain CARB DG certification. The 4.5 kW and 25 kW systems will then be demonstrated at a commercial building and fitness center, respectively, in order to generate real-world operational data.

Contact Information
Kevin Uy
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1533

Location

Cities
Downey Laguna Niguel
Counties
Los Angeles Orange

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The project will develop and demonstrate two high efficiency CHP systems. The smaller, 4.5 kw system will be demonstrated at a commercial building while the larger, 25 kw system, will be demonstrated at a fitness center. The CHP systems consists of a natural gas-fueled distributed generator, exhaust heat recovery system, hot water storage tank, and hot water distribution system. The materials used to construct the CHP systems are chemically inert, not hazardous to human health, and do not have a significant effect on the environment. The CHP systems will undergo safety testing prior to installation at the demonstration sites to ensure compliance with relevant environmental codes and standards. In addition, the local air district will be notified and appropriate air permits will be obtained prior to system demonstration. The demonstrations will not have a significant impact on local air quality, noise, or traffic. In order to perform the demonstration the CHP systems must be installed at their respective demonstration sites. The installations will require minimal construction activity. The equipment may be placed directly on the ground, or it possible that a small concrete pad will be poured. This minimal construction is well within the size limits. This construction will not have a significant impact on local air quality, noise, or traffic and will not induce additional operations at the site. The work at the demonstration sites will involve basic data collection, research, and analysis to determine the performance of the systems. This work includes computer modeling to estimate the energy balance of the systems and the economic impacts if the systems are widely adopted in CA.

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