MINIMIZING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

From its inception, Smith Cogeneration has held the preservation and sustainability of the environment at the core of its operating philosophy. Smith Cogeneration companies have focused both on clean burning fuels and energy efficient solutions to ensure that Smith Cogeneration projects maximize benefits to society with minimal impacts to the environment.

Clean Fuels

Wherever possible, Smith Cogeneration facilities are designed to operate on natural gas in order to improve upon more common sources of energy such as coal or oil. Quoddy Bay LNG, a Smith Cogeneration family member, seeks to import much needed natural gas into New England to help replace many of the coal and oil burning power generators with cleaner natural gas-fired facilities, as well as help replace gasoline for transportation and oil for home heating.
According to NaturalGas.org, natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels, and as such is an extremely important source of energy for reducing pollution and maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

According to NaturalGas.org, natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels, and as such is an extremely important source of energy for reducing pollution and maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

Composed primarily of methane, combustion of natural gas mainly emits carbon dioxide and water vapor, similar to what we emit when we breathe. Coal and oil are composed of much more complex hydrocarbon molecules, with much higher carbon ratios. When combusted, coal and oil release higher levels of harmful emissions, including much larger carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Coal and fuel oil also release heavy metals and ash particles into the environment, substances that do not burn but instead are carried into the atmosphere and contribute to pollution. The combustion of natural gas, on the other hand, releases very small amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, virtually no ash or particulate matter, and mere fractions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas.

 

Energy Efficiency

Apart from using clean fuels, Smith Cogeneration also seeks to utilize new technologies to decrease environmental impacts and improve efficiency of the fuel used. Smith Cogeneration has worked with Black and Veatch to commercialize a new technique in the Quoddy Bay LNG facility that will regassify liquefied natural gas while emitting 75% less carbon dioxide, NOx, and particulates than the existing technologies.

Smith Cogeneration has worked with Black and Veatch to commercialize a new technique in the Quoddy Bay LNG facility that will regassify liquefied natural gas while emitting 75% less carbon dioxide, NOx, and particulates than the existing technologies.

Transonic Hull Corporation, an affiliate of Smith Cogeneration, is developing a new boat hull design that will minimize or eliminate efficiency losses at higher speeds, thus allowing for extremely efficient transportation at any speed. DuckSmith Farms, another Smith Cogeneration affiliate, has created a new bloodline of Angus cattle that uses significantly less grain, water and other natural resources in beef production due to a decrease in waste fat production in the animals themselves. And finally, the electricity and steam cogeneration process itself, utilized by PowerSmith, uses every bit of recoverable energy from the thermal fuel source by using waste heat to provide low-cost energy to other industries, improving the economics of those other industries while decreasing or eliminating the environmental impacts associated with producing that energy from other fuels via extremely inefficient processes.