Ener-Core provides update on pending sale for ethanol plant

By Ener-Core Inc. | April 03, 2015

Ener-Core Inc., the world’s only provider of Power Oxidation technology and equipment that generates clean power from low-quality and waste gases from a wide variety of industries, released an update on its pending sale to Dresser-Rand of two Ener-Core Power Oxidizers that will be coupled with the Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF 2 MW gas turbine generators for Pacific Ethanol’s Stockton, California, plant.

On March 17,  Ener-Core received a nonbinding notification letter from Dresser-Rand noting Dresser-Rand’s intent to issue a formal purchase order for $2.1 million pursuant to the supply agreement terms of the commercial license agreement (CLA) that it signed with Ener-Core in November 2014. The letter characterizes the agreement with Pacific Ethanol as “a huge milestone and a great opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the Ener-Core power oxidizer,” and states that the Dresser-Rand project team has already engaged and is working with the Ener-Core team.

The letter of intent also notes that the formal purchase order to Ener-Core is contingent upon a successful SSAT (sub-scale acceptance test) as defined in the CLA and scheduled to be conducted in June 2015, after which time Dresser-Rand has agreed to issue the purchase order.

Pacific Ethanol announced its agreement with Dresser-Rand in January 2015, to install a cogeneration system including two of Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizers to convert waste gas from ethanol production into electricity and steam. This agreement followed Ener-Core’s November 2014 entrance into a global licensing agreement with Dresser-Rand to develop and market the Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF gas turbine coupled with the Ener-Core oxidizer.

Alain Castro, Ener-Core’s CEO, commented, “The Dresser-Rand/Pacific Ethanol project is significant for Ener-Core on several levels. Firstly, Dresser-Rand was able to secure this project with Pacific Ethanol within two months after closing a Commercial License Agreement with Ener-Core, which demonstrates that Ener-Core’s strategy of partnering with leading multinational power equipment companies is already working. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for Ener-Core to scale its Power Oxidizer up from 250 kilowatts to 1.75 MW, representing a 7x increase in power capacity. And perhaps most importantly, this is an opportunity for us to work closely with Pacific Ethanol, to show the world that it is now possible for industrial process plants (from a variety of industries) to reduce their operating costs by converting their waste gases directly into useful clean power, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint in a meaningful manner. The entire Ener-Core team is now working hard to deploy this project throughout the course of this year.”

Castro concluded, “We look forward to the upcoming SSAT and are fully confident that upon its successful completion we will receive the purchase order from Dresser-Rand. This is a very exciting time for our company.”