China’s coal so­lu­tion could be in steam

New tech­nol­ogy touted as way to re­duce fos­sil fuel use by some 30%

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICAS - By JACK FREIFELDER in New York jack­freifelder@chi­nadai­lyusa. com

China’s need for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency is on the rise, and one US multi­na­tional sees its new heat-re­cy­cling tech­nol­ogy as a way to help re­duce the re­liance on coal in the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy.

On Thurs­day, John­son Con­trols Inc (JCI) in­tro­duced its York Dual Steam Tur­bine (YDST), its first cen­trifu­gal heat pump driven by a steam tur­bine in­stead of elec­tric­ity.

The YDST can sup­ply more than 100 megawatts of heat per heat pump sys­tem, dou­ble the cur­rent ca­pac­ity, and re­duce coal con­sump­tion by up to 30 per­cent.

By tap­ping sur­plus hot waste wa­ter from in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties or power plants and su­per­heat­ing it up to 200 de­grees F, the steam pro­duced can drive large tur­bines that pro­vide the same amount of en­ergy as coal-pow­ered gen­er­a­tors.

“John­son Con­trols is help­ing China re­duce emis­sions by de­vel­op­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing new build­ing prod­ucts that keep the air clean and re­duce en­ergy use,” Bill Jack­son, pres­i­dent of JCI’s Build­ing Ef­fi­ciency unit, wrote in an email to China Daily. “Th­ese in­no­va­tive build­ing tech­nolo­gies help ex­pand our pres­ence in a grow­ing mar­ket.”

John­son Con­trols has suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented a heat re­cov­ery so­lu­tion at a large heat­ing fa­cil­ity on north­east China that has al­ready saved $1.2 mil­lion while al­le­vi­at­ing the need to burn 9,200 tons of coal over the last heat­ing sea­son, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The company says that’s the equiv­a­lent of re­mov­ing 4,000 cars from the roads for a year.

Soren Bjerg, vice-pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of JCI’s Build­ing Ef­fi­ciency di­vi­sion in the Greater Asia Re­gion, said that the launch of YDST is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the company’s pres­ence in China and use its ex­per­tise to ad­dress a “grow­ing need to re­duce emis­sions”.

“Ur­ban­iza­tion and the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­mote sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment are driv­ing de­mand in China for more en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions,” Bjerg said.

The tech­nol­ogy is an im­por­tant in­no­va­tion for the Chi­nese mar­ket where the gov­ern­ment has made a ma­jor com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion from the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els. In essence, it is con­vert­ing ex­cess in­dus­trial heat into ur­ban heat­ing.

Ear­lier this year JCI opened a $35 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of its man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ter in Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince, a re­vamp that tripled the company’s man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in China.


nson Con­trols is help­ing China re­duce emis­sions by de­vel­op­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing new build­ing prod­ucts that keep the air clean and re­duce en­ergy use.” BILL JACK­SON PRES­I­DENT OF JCI’S BUILD­ING EF­FI­CIENCY UNIT

The fa­cil­ity also spear­heads in­no­va­tion on heat re­cov­ery so­lu­tions and serves as JCI’s largest cen­ter for HVAC (heat­ing, ven­ti­lat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing) build­ing so­lu­tions.

Though the gov­ern­ment in Beijing has made a com­mit­ment in the cur­rent Five-Year Plan to re­duce emis­sions and other en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tants, coal is still one of the pri­mary en­ergy sources in China.

China is the world’s top coal pro­ducer and con­sumer, ac­cord­ing to data from the World Coal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Alex Moli­naroli, chair­man and CEO of JCI, said last week that JCI has seen “re­ally strong mo­men­tum” for its Chi­nese op­er­a­tions.

“Even though there is a bit of a slow­down in China, we’re out­per­form­ing the mar­ket,” Moli­naroli said dur­ing an Oct 30 earn­ings con­fer­ence call. “We’ve talked about fo­cus­ing on win­ning cus­tomers, higher growth mar­kets in China, etc. If you look at China for the year, we re­ally hit a mile­stone.”

Bruce McDon­ald, JCI’s vice-chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent, said dur­ing the con­fer­ence call that business in China con­tin­ues to be an area of solid in­vest­ment for the company.

“We’re there in China, but it takes a long time,” McDon­ald said.

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