Feb. 20, 2013

Grid-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage

At the national level, AIChE is very concerned with sustainability as related to global population growth.  At the local level, we are pushing to create educational opportunities for our membership on related topics.  Energy is of course a big topic in this arena, particularly what to do with all of the additional capacity being generated from Solar, Wind, CHP, etc. There are several technologies being explored in the industry to address energy storage, one is called Compressed Air Energy Storage, or CAES.  We are fortunate to have Mr. George Lucas, PE as the  speaker for this event.  He  is very dynamic and experienced; Mr. Lucas was responsible for the design of one of the two CAES plants that exist in the world, the one started in 1991 in Alabama.  The concept and technology of CAES has been proven and market conditions are becoming favorable.  Needless to say, more CAES plants are coming.. This discussion will be suitable for both experienced and novice engineers directly involved in the power industry, and also those interested in it with little exposure.  This will be a positive learning experience for all in attendance.  The intent of the forum is to create a general awareness of the industry; inform about the types of technology available; and discuss the pros, cons, and engineering challenges associated with CAES.   Click here for visuals of the presentation


   Joint Meeting of Lehigh Valley and Delaware Valley AIChE
   Wednesday, February 20, 2013
         5:30-6:00 meet and greet,
         6:00-7:00 dinner,
         7:00-8:30 presentation,
         8:30-9 Q&A
LOCATION: Holiday Inn near Lansdale just off the NE Extension of PA Turnpike, 1750 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville, PA
TITLE: Grid-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage
PRESENTER:  George M. Lucas, PE
ABSTRACT:  The presentation will introduce Compressed Air Energy Storage as one of a handful of viable bulk energy storage technologies, including a brief history of the development of CAES, and operating experience at the McIntosh CAES Plant.  It will explain how CAES creates value for grid operators and owners of other power generation assets, and how CAES compares to competing bulk storage technologies.   There are two major CAES concepts that are commercially available today.  Both concepts will be covered, including an explanation of the major cycle and machinery configuration options, and a discussion of plant thermodynamic performance.  The presentation will conclude with a look at how developments in the pipeline may  significantly impact energy efficiency and operating flexibility of future CAES facilities. 
PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  George Lucas has 36 years of experience in the design, analysis, operation, and maintenance of turbines, generators, and other large rotating equipment.  George holds B.S. and M. Eng. degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and started his professional career with FMC’s Coffin Turbo-Pump Operation.  He subsequently joined Dresser-Rand’s Steam Turbine Division in 1978, where he held a number of positions in new product development, product engineering, and project management, including Director of Engineering, and V.P. Project Management.  From 1987 to 1990, George led the design team responsible for the design and manufacture of the gas turbines for PowerSouth Electric Cooperative’s McIntosh CAES plant.  George continues to support Dresser-Rand’s CAES products, including technical support for operation and maintenance of the PowerSouth units, as well as recent developments and enhancements reflected in Dresser-Rand’s SMARTCAES Solutions.
DINNER:  Buffett style
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  This meeting will offer 2 PDH’s to all attendees
                AIChE members:  $30 non-AIChE members: $35 Students: $15
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday February 15, 2013.

For questions please contact Jeremy Schweitzer at jeremy.s.schweitzer@gmail.com.