What’s New?

ReGen Power Systems Receives $5 Million Equity Commitment from 21Ventures.

November 17, 2008.  ReGen Power Systems LLC today closed a significant equity financing that will enable the company to continue development of its low temperature differential engine to convert waste industrial heat to power.

Our Perspective:

Distributed Utilities

Large-scale central power plants – like those we use today – will not be the major thrust of power development indefinitely. Rather, greater use of non-traditional fuels will result in a gradual shift away from fuels that are mined or produced at remote locations to energy sources that are already in our factories and homes right now.

  • Factories throw off massive amounts of heat in their production processes. This heat can be
    converted to power at the site and used internally. Less coal will need to be consumed by the central power plants that used to supply that power.
  • Households throw away huge amounts of trash every day. This trash can be converted to fuel through gasification, a process that eliminates the problem of heavy metals discharge that curtailed the trash incineration industry in the 1980’s.

Some claim that renewable energy will never be a significant part of the solution, either because its cost is too high or it is not available where it is needed.  We disagree.  Every industrial plant and shopping center roof-top can host a solar energy plant to supply local power.  Municipalities can gasify garbage and convert it to power right at the source, instead of paying to ship it hundreds of miles to an empty landfill.  Dairy and animal feedlot waste can be gasified and converted to power. 

Distributed utilities – particularly power and water – rather than large central stations, will be an important and economic component of our future infrastructure.  The cost of fuel is now too high to haul carbon-bearing resources away.  Companies like ours, and others, are designing ways to produce distributed power as cheaply as central stations by using non-petroleum based fuels that are essentially free, with the added benefit of being cleaner to consume.  This is a solution that will prevail on the merits, not on government subsidies.