|.a leading vertically
integrated company dedicated to providing solutions for geothermal power,
recovered energy generation (REG) and remote power. Ormat recently unveiled
a new biodiesel formulation that overcomes all current limitations of the
fuel. The company expects its biodiesel will be in gas stations within the
next two years.
"We have developed biodiesel which has the same features
as conventional diesel, but that can be used in engines with a concentration
of 100 percent biodiesel and without changing anything in the car," says
Bronicki, who co-founded the company with her husband, Lucien, in 1965.
$2 billion multinational listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYX) that
builds geothermal power plants around the world, from Colorado to Kenya.
They also have a stake in a multi-billion dollar project with OPTICanada
to refine heavy oil spread throughout the Alberta tar sands in Canada. Ormat
owns the technology which the Canadian company will be using.
In the area of geothermal energy (taking heat energy from the earth and
converting it into usable energy), where Ormat derives most of its income,
the 700 man company has commercialized a technology called the Organic Rankine
Cycle (ORC). The ORC enables the production of electricity not only from
steam, but also from hot water. Ormat has 11 such energy plants around the
world with several at US locations in Nevada and California; Ormat has also
built similar units in a Kenyan wildlife reserve taking giraffes into
consideration and building structures that the animals can walk around.
"Geothermal power usually follows consumption needs and because of that we
generally build our plants in populated areas," says Bronicki, whose plants
produce about 360 Megawatts of power-enough energy to serve about 500,000
Energy recovery is the company's second most important area of business.
Ormat has built a turbine technology that fits to heat-generating factories.
"These turbines collect heat that would otherwise be wasted," says Bronicki,
who notes that the heat from cement kilns and other industrial processes
salvaged by the Ormat units equates to about 50,000 pounds worth of fossil
fuel saved each day. She adds, "Most of our applications are along natural
gas pipelines which use waste heat collected from gas turbines that drive
the compressors." Energy clients include Basin Electric in North Dakota,
Southern California Edison, and Sierra Pacific Power in Nevada. The energy
collected either goes back to serve the customer's needs or it is sold to
utility companies for general use. Ormat is also manufacturing small gas-fired
units for telecom along pipelines, for example along the trans-Alaskan pipeline
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