Have you ever heard about ENOGIA?
We always like to go to Hannover Messe. It is a giant fair but if you give yourself some time to walk around without fixed meeting schedule, each year you can find inspiring developments, new solutions and - small young companies fighting hard to be recognised (think of a 4 sqm booth vs e.g. the 4000? sqm Siemens booth).
One of the companies we found was ENOGIA, a small French company that has specialised on ORC for the small scale power and low temperature field (80 degrees+).
Small scale power and low temperature
In my discussion with Pierre-Emmanuel Kiehl from ENOGIA, he said that "ORC technology is pretty old and has been operated for many years by manufacturers on very high power outputs (many MW electrical) and very high temperatures. The electrical power we can provide (between 5 and 100kW) is a field where the players of the market never entered because of the technological problems it could lead to. We decided to manage this small scale of power and low temperatures (apart from 80°C for the heat source) to answer particular customer needs who could not find any profitable and reliable solution for their waste heat".
Another benefit he mentioned is related to size. According to him, they can provide solutions in far smaller dimensions than usual especially relevant for use in applications with very limited space - an issue many companies are facing.
ENOGIA, founded in 2009 by 4 engineers, has started to market its modules in 2013. Since then they managed to install 40 applications across the globe in ares such as CSP, biogas units, biomass boilers, geothermal wells and industrial waste heat recovery. In 2010, they have received the French Award "Young Innovative Company" from the French Ministry of Research.
We have also asked them to provide us with same kind of technical information for different applications. You can see below an example for an industrial waste heat recovery solution with 500 kW/th.
The entire market...
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