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Power Generation Industry
We are a full service process engineering and construction management company providing consulting, multi disciplinary engineering, project management and construction management to the world’s energy, power, construction, mining, process industries.
Meeting all the engineering needs of power generation facilities in today’s market requires multi-disciplinary skill set. Venture Engineering’s service line combines the design and consulting engineering services to meet the clients’ generation and combined heat & power needs with the ability to deliver a project as a single discipline; a partner firm in a design build or engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) team; or as the lead on a design build, EPC, or engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) team.
Specific to the Power/Energy Industry, we have worked for large utility power companies, equipment suppliers, independent power producers, waste-to-energy and renewable energy (specifically biogas to electricity and/or high BTU gas) . Our clients include Midwest Generation, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc, American Electric Power, Babcock Power, DTE, DCO Energy, GSF Energy and others.
Our experience includes combined cycle, cogeneration, combined heat and power, coal-fueled, oil-fueled, refuse-fueled (MSW) and gas-fueled thermal plants. Our renewables experience includes landfill and biodigester gas to electricity and high BTU gas plants.
Venture, has a wide range of engineering expertise from, environmental permitting and compliance to electrical, instrumentation and controls, mechanical and piping services.
When considering co-generation, some key decisions to be made include:
- Vertical versus horizontal HRSG, as a function of space availability and access requirements.
- Synchronous versus induction generator, which has several impacts, but most importantly whether or not the generator is self exciting and can be used as stand-alone power source during power outages. At some sizes the choice is made for you because the generators are only synchronous.
- Condensing turbine versus backpressure turbine – a back pressure turbine simply acts as a pressure reducing valve. A condensing turbine uses a condenser at vacuum conditions to maximize pressure drop and thereby the energy recovered from the steam. The condensing turbine has more stages and generates more power in comparable steam inlet conditions.
- If using a condensing turbine, water cooled versus air cooled condenser, which has several impacts, including gross electric production and property required.
- Power export to the utility grid, or not, which has several impacts, affecting the electrical gear and system control.
- Use of vendor provided stand-alone controls, and degree of integration and monitoring to and with the plant control system.
- HRSG operating conditions:
Metallurgy of the HRSG and associated piping changes with increasing temperature and pressure conditions.
- Water conditioning and treatment that may be needed to address the quality requirements of cogeneration steam, which is usually higher pressure and temperature than plant process steam.
- Foundation requirements, i.e. piles, floating slab, integration with existing
- Coordination with facility environmental staff is also important to determine the impact of the project on plant permits.
- Project Management, Planning, Scheduling, and Controls
- Consulting & Detail Design Engineering
- Civil & structural
- Instrumentation & controls
- Mechanical – including HVAC
- Project Support & Plant Engineering Aftermarket Services
- Startup & Commissioning programs and services
- Control System Programming, Integration, and Maintenance services (PLC’s, DCS, and SCADA systems)