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Waste heat recovery system in Carnarvon produces power for the first time

Enerji’s clean power project produced electricity this morning at Horizon Power’s Carnarvon power station - a first for its energy efficient technology in Australia.

The clean power project uses a waste heat recovery system with Organic Rankine Cycle technology to convert discarded heat energy from the exhausts of generators to produce additional, emission free electricity.

Horizon Power agreed to trial the technology at the Carnarvon power station until the station is decommissioned when the new Mungullah Power station commences operations later this year.

The clean power project exported electricity to the power grid in Carnarvon this morning with an output of around 10 kilowatts (kW), which is expected to increase to 300 kW during the trial.

Horizon Power’s Manager Generation Projects Brett Whisson said Horizon Power was delighted to see the trial project produce its first power.

“Horizon Power is proud to facilitate the trial of Enerji’s technology at our power station in Carnarvon and enable testing that is a first for Australia,” he said.

“We are committed to supporting the development of energy efficient technology and look forward to this technology being developed and used for the benefit of many.”

The Carnarvon pilot plant will be tested up to an output of 300 kW which is less than half the system’s full capacity due to timeframe of the host plant being decommissioned and the new Mungullah Power station commencing operation. At maximum capacity, the technology has the potential to generate up to 700 kW of electricity, an equivalent of powering 988 houses in Carnarvon, reducing reliance on gas and diesel and improving efficiency by up to 18 per cent.

Contact Reference: Communications Consultant Natalie Mansfield - Phone: Horizon Power's media line: 1800 799 745