The Feasibility Study

The feasibility study sets the foundation of an energy system design. CogenPlan's approach to the feasibility study combines a rigorous analytic methodology with the engineering expertise necessary to interpret computer-generated estimates.

See our article on Cogeneration Feasibility Studies that appeared in Hydrocarbon Engineering in September 2002.

For a given feasibility study, we do the following:

Evaluate the client's energy consumption profile:

  • The electricity consumption patterns. ( Chart 1 )
  • Determine the client's heat, steam, or air-conditioning needs
Select the system:
  • For Waste to energy System evaluate anaerobic or combustionĚ
  • For cogeneration evaluate gas turbine, gas engine, or microturbine that best serve
Perform the feasibility study:
  • Determine the system design features.
  • Determine the cogeneration or waste-to-energy design and performance.
  • Investigate the environmental requirements and select equipment.
Evaluate energy requirements for one year of operation
  • Investigate the current gas and electricity rate structures.
  • Forecast future rates.

Investigate purchase, lease or investor funding options.

Select the best available cogeneration or Waste-to-energy subsystems and perform a system economic evaluation:

  • Perform a 15-year economic evaluation for the purchase or investment option, based on the budgetary costs
  • Provide a complete report describing the results of investigations
See a sample feasibility study we presented at the 4th Biomass Conference of the Americas in partnership with Heuristic Engineering:

Feasibility Study of a California, Landfill Sited, 10 MW e, Waste to Energy Project Driven by Landfill Cutbacks and Electricity Deregulation, Fourth Biomass Conference of the Americas, 30th August - 2nd September 1999, Oakland, CA, pp 1495-15

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