Mission Critical Markets
TMI has teamed with Lockheed Martin to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with a cleaner, more cost-effective alternative to diesel generators. The AnywherEnergy© system uses an efficient chemical reaction to produce electricity – consuming only one-third to one-half the amount of fuel needed by diesel engine generators. With over 100,000 generators used worldwide, fuel transport is the major logistic expense in military theatres. By the time the fuel reaches deployed troops, the fuel can cost hundreds of dollars per gallon. More important, lives will be saved among troops who transport the fuel, one of the most vulnerable battlefield jobs.
A 1kW AE system, running on pipeline natural gas in the home or farm produces sufficient base load electricity for an average US home with waste heat left over for cogeneration. In areas prone to prolonged interruptions in grid service from adverse weather, 24/7 primary power from the AE system can augment or fortify grid service. AE systems contrast sharply with costly, noisy, smelly, and polluting backup generators, which are not designed to run continuously for extended periods of time, and do not generate a ROI. The AE system is designed for 1000s of hours of continuous performance with power always available when and where it is needed. Fueled with low-cost natural shale gas, fuel cells offer a cost-effective alternative in rural areas for consumers seeking energy independence.
Distributed Generation Markets
Remote & Rural
By far, the world’s largest unserved energy markets are in the agricultural sector. To meet this demand TMI engineered the AE system to operate on fuels indigenous in agricultural economies, such as renewable biogas, plant and vegetable oils and propane. In 2008, TMI conducted a first-in-the-world 30-day demo of a fuel cell system generating clean electricity indoors from raw soybean oil inside a barn. In 2012 a second 30 day demonstration was conducted at an Ohio fruit farm operating on propane and biodiesel.
TMI was one of the first to study small scale farm waste-to-energy systems using fuel cells. In the agricultural sector, farmers and small businesses are uniquely positioned to be on both the supply and demand sides of the energy solution by serving as a supplier of fuels and as a consumer of clean, renewable energy.