Featured Projects - Cleantech

Waste-to-Energy Plant Innovation

Waste Enterprisers, Ltd. (WE) is developing GreenHeat, a solid fuel derived from fecal sludge that will help to strengthen the global supply of biomass fuel while simultaneously helping to solve the sanitation crisis that persists in the developing world. In the fall of 2012 WE and Point380 produced a "virtual" CIW to convene 10 experts in the fields of wastewater, renewable energy, greenhouses, energy modeling and industrial systems, literally from across the globe. Over a period of three weeks a series of design meetings covering all crucial aspects of the plant and process were conducted using an online platform to provide video, audio and instant message communication for the participants. The CIW produced an expert-vetted consensus for the design of a novel large-scale plant appropriate for Africa. The expert participants reinforced the idea that a low-tech passive solar drying technology is critical to success. The WE team and Point380are collaborating to research and develop an analytical model for solar sludge drying. This model will provide crucial input to evaluate design options and also will aid in estimating the size and cost of a complete facility according to it's specific climate and latitude.

Industrial Waste-to-Energy Startup

Point380 provided comprehensive technical and analytical support to an ambitious waste-to-energy startup group during a successful bid for venture financing and subsequent project development. Point380 conducted technical research and preliminary engineering studies for application of scrap plastic as fuel for iron-making blast furnaces and developed product specifications, prototypes and procured physical testing required by key customers. Also, in direct support of sales negotiations with the largest steel producers in the U.S., Point380 analyzed the value-in-use and competitive position of scrap plastic fuel in comparison to traditional blast furnace fuels of coke, pulverized coal, natural gas and oil. Point380 conducted technology research and collected vendor data to construct a preliminary engineering model of production facility capable of producing the specified fuel. This model produces detailed capital and operating cost estimates which form the fundamental cost schedules underlying the company’s financial projections. Point380 also conducted research into the quantity and quality of scrap plastic feedstock available in the U.S. and constructed a supply model to provide analytical basis of projections of supply ramp up and total resource potential. Point380 gave technical presentations to customers, strategic partners, venture capital firms and Wall Street investment banks to support fundraising, sales and partnership negotiations. After successfully closing an initial round of funding, Point380 Principal Jason Denner joined the startup team as Executive Vice President in charge of technical development.

Combined Heat & Power Opportunity Assessment – Food and Beverage

Point380 conducted a study for UTC Power of the economic and operational barriers to the adoption of cogeneration in mid-sized food and beverage manufacturing facilities. The assessment included interviews with technology managers of industry leading companies in seven industry segments, and analysis of cost savings according to energy prices and government incentives in each U.S. state. The project produced a prioritized list of food and beverage companies and their facilities where the client’s sales efforts and technologies would be most effective.

Biofuel Supply Development Planning

Point380 conducted in-depth research of the potential for biofuel production in West Africa to provide a long-term fuel supply to large mining operations of a multi-national mining company. Point380 researched and vetted technology pathways and developed a business plan for a joint venture company to develop an indigenous agricultural industry to produce biodiesel from jatropha.