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Energy Projects

The V1 Engineering team has brought a variety of projects from concept to prototype through to commercial readiness, specializing in a hands-on practical approach. Projects range from research and design, to early prototyping iterations, to fabrication of pilot equipment, to design for manufacturing and commercially ready production.

The V1 team has particular expertise in the industrial, manufacturing, and energy sectors. These highlighted projects have also provided familiarity with regulatory issues, and experience with a range of fundraising types, from angel level support to VC investment to strategic relationships. Clients range from startups to large industry players.


Kingston Biosolids Dryer

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Client: City of Kingston, NY

Phase: Full commercial operation

The City of Kingston, NY, partnered with V1 team members, succeeded in developing a new and innovative system for managing wastewater treatment plant solids residuals in an economical and environmentally sound manner. The first system of its kind in the world has successfully been in operation at the Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plant since April 2007. Waste biogas is captured from the plant's digesters and utilized as the only required fuel to turn 10 wet tons per day of municipal wastewater sludge into two tons per day of an EPA recognized "Class A" EQ pelletized usable biosolid.

The drying technology selected was previously proven in large scale dryers in Brugges and Antwerp, Belgium, and in Baltimore, Maryland. The V1 team members initiated an energy evaluation of the overall plant operations and integrated this solution to the existing plant. The entire system then needed to be scaled down to meet the needs of the smaller Kingston operation. The operating system also needed to be updated to allow for automated operations. Since startup, the plant has hosted many tours of the new operational model.

Measurable environmental benefits of this innovative project include:
• Removing a 6-8 ft. high arc burning methane, sulfur and mercaptan compounds. Biogas is now burned in a furnace and used as a heat source for the drying process;
• Reducing tens of thousands of yards or tons of "Class B" waste solids from being landfilled annually;
• Reducing truck traffic by 70 trips per year;

Key Skills:
scouting, problem/need identification market analysis
technology development
proof of concept testing
business creation
legal
permitting
fundraising
technology design
sales and marketing public/private partnership fabrication
construction
operation and maintenance


Landfill Gas Control

Client: Casella

Phase: Pilot Demo

Design and prototype development of a wireless monitoring and control system for landfill well gas collection system. Design included innovative sensor implementations, and advanced wireless mesh implementation, with innovative modeling of the landfill gas production process.

Key Skills:
modeling
sensor systems
non-metal fabrication
wireless technology


Energy Harvesting

Client: New York based startup

Phase: Pilot Demo

Designed system for harvesting energy from braking vehicles on roadways. Product needed to be self-powered, wireless, and enabled with remote data acquisition. Fabricated early proof of concept designs, iterated on promising solution, and and fielded a demonstration unit in upstate NY. 

Key Skills:
technology design
technology development
proof of concept testing
modeling
fabrication
energy generation
sensor and parts integration
wireless communication 


Plasma Gasifier

Client: Spec

Phase: Concept

Design of a universal waste processing system for big-box retail stores, to move toward the zero-fuel, and zero-waste goals of large retailers

Key Skills:
energy systems
fabrication


Microturbine Cogeneration

Client: Spec

Phase: Concept

Design of small scale turbine generation and cogeneration for distributed electric generation at the household level

Key Skills:
energy systems
turbines
cogeneration


Thermo-hydraulic test cell for heat-pipes

Client: CRS Engineering

Phase: Pilot

Design and fabrication of a test cell for evaluation of laboratory-scale optimization of heat-pipe wicking elements.

Key Skills:
modeling
fabrication
control systems


Plastic packing materials for CO2 capture

Client: ConocoPhillips

Phase: Research

Research into efficiency of various materials considered for CO2 capture from amine scrubbing systems.

Key Skills:
chemical engineering
modeling
prototype development


Electrowetting-driven thermal management

Client: Spec

Phase: Concept

Design and early analysis of the potential for electrowetting techniques to be used for improving the heat transfer capacity of heat-pipes.

Key Skills:
modeling
electronic design
control systems