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Pipeliners Podcast - Monetizing Waste Pressure Energy with Jeff Earl

In this week’s episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat is joined by Jeff Earl of Sapphire Technologies to discuss using turbo expanders to convert waste pressure energy into usable electric power.

Technical Papers

Field Performance of an Innovative AMB-Supported Turboexpander-Generator for Natural Gas Pressure Letdown

This paper is a follow up to GT2022-82293, which discusses the design validation of an innovative turboexpander-generator (TEG) used for natural gas pressure letdown (PLD).

Field Testing and Operation of a 300 kW Active Magnetic Bearing Supported Turboexpander-Generator for Natural Gas Pressure Letdown

A 300 kW turboexpander-generator was developed by Baker Hughes, in conjunction with Calnetix Technologies, for use in a natural gas pressure letdown application.

The Development of Turboexpander-Generators for Gas Pressure Letdown Part 1: Design and Analysis

This paper describes the design and development of an innovative 280 kW and a 125 kW Turboexpander Generator (TEG) for natural gas pressure letdown (PLD) applications.

The Development of Turboexpander-Generators for Gas Pressure Letdown Part 2: Economic Analysis

Gas pipeline pressure letdown (PLD) stations are used to step down the pressure of gas at various stages of a gas transmission infrastructure. This paper focuses on two such gases: (1) natural gas and (2) hydrogen.

The Development of Turboexpander-Generators for Gas Pressure Letdown Part 3: Design Validation

This paper is a follow-up to GT2021-60125 (“Design and Analysis”) and GT2021-60317 (“Economic Analysis”), which collectively covered the design, analysis, and economics of innovative Turboexpander Generators (TEG) used in pressure letdown (PLD) applications.

Design and Shop Testing of a 165 kW Cryogenic Expander/Generator on Magnetic Bearings

A low cost cryogenic expander system that incorporates a high performance, high-speed permanent magnet generator and low loss magnetic bearings is described.

Design and Prototype Test Data for a 300 kW AMB-Supported Turbine Generator for Natural Gas Pressure Letdown

A 300 kw integrated and fully-sealed turboexpander-generator for natural gas pressure letdown (pld) was developed by baker hughes, a ge company (bhge), in conjunction with calnetix technologies.

Development of a 125 kW AMB Expander/Generator for Waste Heat Recovery

The development and testing of an integrated power module (IPM) for a waste heat recovery system is described. The IPM is part of a waste heat recovery system based on the organic Rankine cycle.

Magnetic Bearing Actuator Design for a Gas Expander/Generator

A magnetic bearing system for a high-speed cryogenic gas expander generator is presented. The expander represents a new class of such devices that, in contrast to the earlier technologies, makes use of the expanding gas energy by converting it into electrical power.

Test Results and Analytical Predictions for Rotor Drop Testing of An Active Magnetic Bearing Expander/Generator

A cryogenic gas expander system that incorporates a high-performance, high-speed permanent magnet, direct-drive generator and low loss magnetic bearings is described.

Product Brochures

Driving Global Decarbonization

Discover the power of clean energy with Sapphire Technologies – a leading clean technology provider of energy recovery systems driving global decarbonization and improving the way the world harvests and utilizes energy.

FreeSpin® In-line Turboexpander

Sapphire Technologies’ FreeSpin® In-line Turboexpander (FIT) recovers the energy lost in pressure letdown and liquefaction processes.

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Pipeliners Podcast - Monetizing Waste Pressure Energy with Jeff Earl

In this week’s episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat is joined by Jeff Earl of Sapphire Technologies to discuss using turbo expanders to convert waste pressure energy into usable electric power.

Empowering the Future through Innovative Clean Technology

Welcome to Sapphire Technologies, where we proudly showcase our groundbreaking clean technology and the remarkable individuals who are dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment. Together, we can create a world where technology and environmental consciousness go hand in hand.

POWERGEN 2023 - HUBS Recording

Explore how turboexpander-generators (TEGs) create clean electricity by recovering unused energy in pressure letdown processes. A focus will be placed on how novel technologies can be integrated into TEGs to differentiate them from traditional rotating equipment offerings.

GPA Midstream 2022 Presentation

Sapphire and Evolve partnership creates a solution that can recover power throughout a midstream sector, which research shows is currently wasting up to 2,900 megawatts of pressure energy.

Explainer Video

Hydrogen and natural gas are pressurized to facilitate efficient transportation in pipelines across long distances.

Information

Hydrogen Gas

Hydrogen is a rapidly expanding global energy storage market. Hydrogen is used in many manufacturing processes from petroleum refining to food processing.

Natural Gas

Sapphire Technologies designs, develops and manufactures highly engineered FreeSpin® In-line Turboexpanders (FIT) for natural gas processing and distribution systems.