Applications

Kanin Energy is an experienced and innovative waste heat to power project developer, providing the expertise and resources to help our corporate partners turn their waste heat into something valuable.

Industries We work with

Cement

Natural gas

IRON & STEEL

BIOMASS

Others

Waste Heat to Power

Generating Electricity from Waste Heat

Many industrial processes vent flue gas that contains a significant amount of wasted energy that can be converted into electricity. Kanin contributes emission-free baseload electricity generation, thereby offsetting power produced from fossil fuels. Of all the energy produced and consumed to do ‘work’, up to 58% is lost in the form of waste heat during industrial processes. The ability to capture wasted energy and produce Waste Heat to Power (WHP) is viable in many different industries. WHP is zero-emission generation powered by heat from industrial processes and equipment that would otherwise be lost to the environment.

Kanin is technology agnostic, focusing primarily on the deployment of WHP best-in-class Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems to convert some of that wasted energy into valuable, baseload electricity. ORC turbines are closed loop systems using an organic fluid that heats up to drive a turbine. Offering a bundled solution, Kanin brings together the expertise, equipment and capital partners required to execute, paying the host facility for their wasted heat and generating green, baseload power with no additional CO2 emissions. Since these systems are fuel-flexible they can be modified to work with renewable fuels as they become available at scale, including hydrogen.

WHP Conversion process

Waste heat to power conversion process
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECT & DATA
Natural Gas Compressor Station Example

Natural gas compressor stations move natural gas around the continent and produce a significant amount of wasted energy. These compressor stations use gas turbines – essentially modified aircraft jet engines – tied to mechanical compressors to maintain pressure in the pipeline. They usually burn natural gas, and more than half of the energy goes up the stack as wasted energy. Kanin uses Organic Rankine Cycle systems to convert some of that wasted energy baseload emission-free electricity.

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Sample Project Highlights
Turbine ModelRolls Royce RB211
ORC Electrical Power8.2 MW
Cost to Host$0
Revenue to Host$350,000 per year
CO2 Avoided40,250 tonnes per year
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Combined Heat and Power

Kanin Energy Applicationss

Generating Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is an energy efficient method of generating both electricity and useable heat from a single fuel source, instead of purchasing electricity from the grid and separately burning fuel on site in a furnace or boiler. A CHP system can achieve efficiencies in excess of 75%, a significant improvement over grid power efficiency (~50% in the US). CHP is most commonly found at facilities that have a need for steady, reliable electricity and heat.

 In simple cycle power production, fuel is burned to either create steam, run a reciprocating engine, or run a turbine – with any exhaust gas or excess steam being vented to atmosphere. In a CHP system, a layer of heat recovery is added to that power producing step. This captured heat can be used for either space heating, cooling, hot water or industrial processes.

CHP can be set up in different ways. A CHP ‘topping cycle’ will first use fuel to generate power, and then the residual heat from this can be used in industrial processes. An example of this would be natural gas turbine generators with exhaust heat recovery for direct use. A CHP ‘bottoming cycle’ will first use fuel to generate usable process heat, and will capture any leftover heat to generate electricity. Here an example would be a furnace providing heat to an industrial process with an Organic Rankine Cycle engine scavenging excess heat not required by the process. These different approaches allow CHP to be tailored to electrically or thermally forward industrial processes.

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Kanin energy works with cement plants

Cement

Waste heat is generated in the process of transforming raw materials into clinker for concrete. Kilns heat materials to over 2,500 degrees F

Kanin Energy works with Natural Gas Stations

Natural Gas

Natural gas compressor stations have consistent heat at high temperatures and offer simple and safe integration

Kanin Works with Iron and Steel Industries

Steel

All facets of the steel industry, from primary ore processing to recycling and rolling, emit large quantities of waste heat

Biomass

Pellet plants use heat that is typically fueled by natural gas to dry biomass. A waste heat recovery unit can decrease natural gas use and save on energy.

Others

Kanin works with other industries including: Refineries, Hydrogen, Glass, Fertilizer, and Chemicals.

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