WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ThermoEnergy Corp. (OTCBB: TMEN), a diversified technologies company engaged in the development and sales of wastewater recovery and power generation technologies, has announced that it has signed an $900,000 contract with Unity Power Alliance (UPA) to build a bench-scale “flameless” combustion system that will be used to test and optimize UPA’s pressurized oxy-combustion technology for clean coal power generation.
The Unity Power Alliance, a joint venture between ThermoEnergy Corporation and ITEA, S.p.A., recently announced that it received a $1 Million Phase 1 award from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund the project under a special DOE program to advance technologies for efficient, clean coal power and carbon capture. After successful completion of the first phase of the program, it is anticipated that a much larger Phase 2 will occur, with DOE awards in the $10-20 million range applied toward the construction of a pilot scale plant.
Construction of the bench scale unit will begin in late in Q4, 2012 at ThermoEnergy’s 48,000 sq ft, manufacturing facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. Fabrication and assembly is expected to be completed in Q1 2013. Testing will take place at the new Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) laboratory at Georgia Tech, and will be based on techno-economic models provided by MIT.
“We are very proud to participate in a project that could have significant benefits for the world’s energy future and carbon footprint,” said ThermoEnergy Chairman and CEO, Cary Bullock. “ThermoEnergy continues to find new applications for the company’s technology and expertise in the energy sector, including oil & gas hydrofracking, biogas production, and power generation.”