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Project Polar Bear: Helping To Preserve Sensitive Arctic Environments Using Innovative, Award-Winning Green Technology
Each year, thousands of new oil wells are drilled in environmentally sensitive areas. When these wells are finished, a gasoline or diesel generator is installed to provide electrical power to instruments monitoring pressure, flow and other parameters in the completed well. These generators run continuously for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – and each generator dumps about 2 pounds of carbon into the environment for every gallon of gasoline or diesel that they consume. With close to 50,000 remote wells being finished per year in environmentally sensitive areas in Canada, United States and Russia, there are millions pounds of carbon poured into the atmosphere with each day that they operate, and that amount is produced every hour of every day, all year long.
Well drillers and operators have tried to find alternatives to this wholesale dump of harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – but Arctic conditions are some of the most extreme of environments on Earth. Well operators have few choices when it comes to producing electric power for their completed wells. They’ve tried solar cells, but with the sunshine almost non-existent for months during the winter, not much power can be produced. What little can be produced must be stored to batteries, and the cold freezes these batteries and renders them useless. Another “green” technology is the use of windmills, but during winter months, there is either too little wind or too much wind – but rarely is there “just the right amount” to produce power for the completed well. Of course, windmills must also store their power to batteries, and batteries don’t survive Arctic winters. When a battery freezes and cracks, it spills acids and harmful chemicals into the environment, and causes irreparable damage to the sensitive ecosystem beneath the generator. Finally, fuel cells have been tried, but fuel cells, while being extremely expensive are also extremely sensitive to low temperatures – and during the winter, it’s not unusual to see -60°F (-51°C) – far below where fuel cells operate efficiently (or at all). Unfortunately, oil well operators must rely on gasoline and diesel engine power generators - and because of the harsh environment, they must also maintain them regularly because of the effects of the harsh winter on piston motors. With gas or diesel generators, there’s always the danger of a spill of oil, gasoline, diesel or coolant into the environment, making their widespread use that much more damaging.
Nitro-Turbodyne has created an alternative to these gross polluters with its Remote Instrumentation Power Generation Unit (RIPGU). The RIPGU uses a patented, revolutionary device known as a Micro Flash-Expansion Turbine (MFET) as the power generator.
The MFET has only 1 moving part and is maintenance-free, so it doesn’t use grease or oil for lubrication like a piston motor does, nor does it require any coolant…because it doesn’t burn any fuel at all. Instead, the MFET direct-injects, then flash-expands Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) within the turbine itself. LN2 flash-expands to 696 times its volume from liquid to gas. The turbine works this way: if the MFET pulls in 696 cubic inches of air and direct-injects 1 cubic inch of LN2, once the LN2 expands, you will get a total of almost 1400 cubic inches of gas coming out of the back of the little turbine at higher speed and pressure than the air that it took in. LN2 is used because it is made from the air that we breathe – since our air is almost 80% nitrogen, LN2 can be made inexpensively and is 100% renewable. No one controls the stock of air that we breathe, so the fuel price can only go down as competition to produce it goes up. LN2 is also very common and available in large quantities at oil well sites, and is used to “finish” an oil well as it is completed. LN2 is commonly available for about $0.09 per liter (or about $0.34 per gallon). Best of all, since it’s made from air, once it’s flash-expanded in the MFET, it’s returned to the air without any combustion, oxidation or heat. Since there is no heat produced, it doesn’t produce greenhouse gases, carbon-laden by-products or anything that harms the environment. It’s a perfect fuel – inexpensive, renewable, and absolutely NO emission of greenhouse gases…or any other chemical that can harm life in an environmentally sensitive area.
Using LN2 is a perfect fuel for sensitive environments - since there is no combustion of volatile fuels or gases, the MFET operates quietly, continuously and efficiently – and without damaging the environment or harming an already threatened ecosystem. Your contribution to this Indiegogo project not only helps the environment in a very big way, but it also helps to further research and development into the use of the MFET for power generation and other applications. Better yet - you get some pretty cool swag for helping to save the Arctic, too.
What’s Project Polar Bear’s Goal?
Our goal is to eventually replace each and every gasoline and diesel power generator in the Arctic. Since we can’t gain acceptance from all users immediately, we’ll starting by replacing 12 generators in 12 locations above the Arctic Circle – at completed wells – for the duration of an entire winter (typically September through April) - the most extreme weather condition for any generator. We’ll use these 12 units to demonstrate and prove the ability of the RIPGU to operate without carbon emissions, noxious gases, harmful fuels and excess heat – as well as the RIPGUs ability to provide clean, renewable power generation for months at a time without the need for maintenance or without harming the delicate environment or ecosystem of the Arctic.
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The technology behind the MFET has won 2 international awards in clean tech competitions; we’ve demonstrated that we can produce clean, maintenance free and quiet electrical power that will revolutionize the renewable energy field. Based on data gathered from the operation of the MFET, improvements are continually being made to increase its efficiency and to allow it to be operated in the harshest of environments.
During the time that they’re in operation, each unit will be monitored continuously for LN2 consumption, oxygen levels, power output, temperature inside and outside the RIPGU, vibration, and other parameters that will be used to demonstrate the RIPGU as a clean and environmentally sound alternative to gasoline or diesel power generators. That data that we gather will also be used in the design of future MFET applications such as power generation for remote villages in undeveloped and under-developed countries, transportation and other applications where low-cost, quiet, renewable and environmentally friendly electricity is needed.
We currently have interest from several oil companies and operators of well sites and geophysical observation stations that are willing to deploy RIPGU in environmentally sensitive areas. We have executed an agreement with a consortium of universities to test two of our units for their possible use in geophysical observatories. Operation of the RIPGUs in a harsh Arctic environment will prove that replacing polluting, hot, maintenance intensive gasoline or diesel generators will be not only possible, but will allow operators of remote wells and observation stations to reduce their carbon footprint to zero, as well as remove heat and greenhouse gases from their production sites. Because RIPGUs simple, inexpensive and durable, we know that they will be adopted for widespread use to supply electrical power at most remote well sites and geophysical observatories throughout the world. Once in full production, RIPGUs will cost about $2000 per unit - about the same cost as the current gasoline or diesel generators that are in use, but with none of the pollution or harm to the environment.
With climate change having the most profound effect on the Arctic regions, it’s a logical place to start healing the environment by removing gross-polluting sources such as gasoline and diesel power generators at remote well sites. You can make a profound difference with your Indiegogo contribution -- and help to prove there is an alternative to polluting our pristine Arctic wilderness.
What’s Project Polar Bear’s Budget?
We are looking for a total of $76,000
- $10,640 in fees collected by Indiegogo (9%) and Paypal (5%)
- $29,800 will be used for materials, sensors and electronics for producing 12 RIPGUs
- $7,520 will be used to build re-useable, carbon-neutral and green manufacturing fixtures for future RIPGU production. These fixtures will also be used to produce future RIPGUs.
- $3,280 will be used to obtain outside machine-shop services for completing 12 RIPGU enclosures
- $5,180 will be used to obtain operating permits to operate the RIPGUs from the United States
- $9,480 will be used to provide shipping of the 12 units to Pt. Barrow, Alaska or Paulatuk, Northern Territories, Canada
- $10,100 will be used to provide travel for our Engineers to support on-going Project Polar Bear operations during the winter deployment
For every $2,000 we raise above the requested amount, we’ll build another RIPGU and deploy it into the field – to help further reduce the amount of carbon that gasoline and diesel generators dump into our atmosphere.
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