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Unleashing the Power of the Energy Conversion System: Benefits for a Sustainable Future

Hydroelectric Power Station and The Energy Conversion System
Hydroelectric Power Station

At Energy Conversion System, we are dedicated to advancing the technology that transforms energy production and consumption. As the world faces growing energy demands and environmental challenges, our innovative solution is more critical than ever. In this blog post, we explore the numerous benefits of the energy conversion system and how it contributes to a sustainable and efficient energy future.


G-force is virtually constant worldwide, making Energy Conversion System technology applicable in any practical location.


The Energy Conversion System operates continuously, 24/7, making it an ideal solution for generating base load power wherever and whenever needed.


Energy Conversion System presents a golden opportunity to nearly eliminate fossil fuel use for power production. Currently, 64% of the world’s electricity comes from coal, oil, or gas, contributing to 42% of global CO2 emissions. That’s a substantial target to address!


Fossil fuel power plants are a major contributor to climate change. As we transition to electric vehicles, it's essential that our base power comes from sustainable sources. Energy Conversion System provides that sustainable answer.


Hydrogen is an alternative to batteries for transportation, and the hydrogen needed can be produced by electrolysers powered by Energy Conversion System units. These units can seamlessly switch from grid generation when demand drops.


At this scale, 'green' hydrogen could become competitive with the current method of production from fossil fuel methane.


Low Maintenance Cost

Hydropower installations can operate economically for generations, in contrast to the 16-20 year lifespan of a wind turbine. However, maintaining their dams and infrastructure incurs significant costs.


Water turbines are supplied with raw water from the catchment area, which contains abrasive detritus, leading to inevitable wear on valves, pipes, and the turbines themselves over time.


In contrast, Energy Conversion System units utilise closed circuits that continually recirculate the same water, which can be conditioned to maintain optimal pH and quality.


Within these systems, a dense media, which is mildly abrasive, is continuously separated from the turbine feed water by inexpensive ferrite magnets inside rotating stainless-steel drums. Automated control of the primary and secondary drum magnets virtually eliminates this media from the turbine feed, ensuring ideal operating conditions and significantly extending maintenance intervals.


Properly designed, these systems can have operational lives exceeding 50 years, a notable consideration for Finance Directors when evaluating the cost-effectiveness of Energy Conversion System MW power.


The Versatility of the Energy Conversion System: Urban and Industrial Applications


The Energy Conversion System can be constructed where power is needed most, right in the heart of a city. Unlike wind turbines or traditional hydropower installations, which must be located in specific sites, can be built close to urban centres, industrial complexes, and other high-demand areas.


This proximity offers significant savings in capital transmission costs and greatly reduces power losses. Additionally, the Energy Conversion System can generate power at grid frequencies (50Hz or 60Hz), eliminating the need for the expensive conversion equipment required by wind turbines.


In some regions, local hilly contours can be utilized to achieve the operational height needed for Energy Conversion System, as the structures do not have to be vertical. This can result in capital savings, improved visual integration, and potential advantages in obtaining planning consent.


While electricity generation is the primary application for Energy Conversion System, it is important to note that the shaft power from the water turbine can also be used for direct mechanical purposes. Examples include powering irrigation pumps, deep well pumping, and desalination of brackish or seawater, among others.


The Energy Conversion System: A Sustainable Alternative to Nuclear Power

The Energy Conversion System has the potential to make nuclear power redundant. According to a recent article in the UK's Daily Telegraph, there is no longer a compelling case for giant nuclear reactors in any country. The inability to meet post-Chernobyl and Fukushima safety demands at viable costs, combined with the steep decline in renewable energy costs, has rendered nuclear technology obsolete.


The strike price for electricity from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK is £92.50 per MW/hr (2012 prices, inflation-indexed). In contrast, the latest auctions for offshore wind power have seen prices drop to £40 per MW/hr, down from £117 in 2015. Since ECS operates continuously, 24/7, it can generate up to 70% more annual revenue than an average wind turbine, suggesting that ECS can match or even outperform these prices.


Hinkley Point C, currently under construction, is designed to produce 3260 MW/hr, meeting 7% of the UK's average demand over the next 60 years. This facility occupies 250 acres (101 hectares), a space that could easily accommodate 200 ECS units, each capable of producing 16 MW of export electricity along with all necessary infrastructure.


These ECS units could be connected to four General Electric Francis Turbines to achieve a matching output of 3260 MW/hr at an estimated cost of £45 per MW/hr to the consumer. Designed for a lifespan of 60 years, these units would be fully recyclable at the end of their life, taking only 2-3 years to decommission and leaving no hazardous radioactive residues for future generations to manage.


As of 2024, Hinkley Point C is over budget, with an estimated cost of £35 billion and several years behind schedule. Ultimately, it will generate electricity with a capital cost exceeding £10 million per MW.


In contrast, large Energy Conversion System units would cost approximately £1.5 million per MW. These units could be mass-produced, kept within budget, and operational within a two to three-year timeframe, offering a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to nuclear power.


Conclusion

The Energy Conversion System offers a multitude of benefits that are essential for addressing the energy and environmental challenges of our time. By improving efficiency, reducing emissions and facilitating the use of renewable energy, our technology is pivotal in shaping a sustainable future. At Energy Conversion System, we are proud to be part of this transformation, delivering an innovative solution that makes a difference.

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