Carson City-based Langson Energy recently received the prestigious Edison Award, Bronze for Best New Green Product for the Langson Energy Gas Letdown Generator. Chris Coté, executive vice president, and Richard Langson, founder and innovator, represented the company at The25th annual Edison Awards, on April 26 in NYC.
The award was in recognition of the Langson Energy’s Gas Letdown GeneratorTM which converts wasted kinetic energy in gas pipelines to clean, base-load power with the lowest capital and lowest operating costs of any generation technologies – with no carbon emissions.
“This is just the type of innovation that will lead to the resurgence of our economy,” stated Rob Hooper, executive director of the Northern Nevada Development Authority. He added, “Entrepreneur’s like Langson in developing new technologies is a very effective way to move this economy forward. Our congratulations go to
Langson Energy for being a leader in this new field.”
Langson’s experience with compressors in his top fuel dragster that helped him win the 1993 IHRA World Championship, led him to modify this technology to develop a low-cost generator that could handle conditions that caused other generators to fail. Research confirmed his theory and the Langson GLGTM was born.
The generator was developed to provide the world with green electricity that utilizes wasted or renewable energy to generate low-cost, un-subsidized, clean, sustainable, 24/7 distributed power by converting wasted pressure to green power. Providing value without subsidies is a primary goal for Langson Energy. It also offers the potential to become the first low-cost, distributed source of emergency power.
“Our Gas Letdown GeneratorTM (GLG) will revolutionize the economics of base-load distributed green energy. For very little cost per kW, GLGs can produce 1MW to 100MW for subsidy-free CapEx pay back of just 1 to 3 years,” exclaimed Richard Langson, an innovator who saw an opportunity to use energy wasted, not only in gas pipelines but in other forms of wasted renewable pressure. He envisioned a robust generator that made electricity from kinetic energy in wasted pressure.
“From currently wasted energy in US cities alone, the GLG could provide enough clean electricity to power over 10 million homes – that’s using only the pressure, none of the gas,” explained Coté. She added, “Perhaps more important is the potential of utilizing the energy already stored in underground pipeline and storage domes as a source of emergency power during times of natural disasters or national crisis. If GLGs were on letdown stations across the nation, terawatts of distributed emergency power would be available immediately utilizing existing infrastructure.”
Langson Energy has welcomed visitors to watch the prototype run in its R&D shop in Carson City since 2010. The many gauges display the details of the electricity generated with variations in pressures, temperatures and flow rates. Data runs are maintained and analyzed by staff and third party organizations. Langson Energy has also built a mobile unit which is being offered to potential users such as governments, universities and research facilities who want testing on their own applications.
Visit their www.langsonenergy.com to view a YouTube video demonstration or contact Langson Energy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LANGSON ENERGY IS NAMED A 2012 BRONZE EDISON AWARD WINNER
Langson Energy Wins at NYC Ceremony; Awards Celebrate 25 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation
Chicago, IL – April 27, 2012 – The Edison Awards, celebrating 25 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that Langson Energy was voted a bronze winner for Green Implementation. At the sold-out April 26th event in NYC, Richard Langson, founder/CEO, Chris Coté, Executive VP, with John Williams of Dominion Technologies, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2012 Edison Award winners.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.
“As the pace of innovation quickens and the “race to next” becomes ever more competitive, it’s increasingly important to take a moment out of our hectic lives to recognize excellence in innovation and greatness in the teams of innovators who make our future. We are honored to present Langson Energy with an Edison Award as one of the leading innovators of today and tomorrow,” says Thomas Stat, 2012 Edison Awards Steering Committee Chairman
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.
This year, in a comprehensive, peer-review process, the nominees were judged on a new set of evaluation criteria developed in partnership with Nielsen. The new criteria establishes a new definition of innovation, leveraging the primary assessment themes of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.
Danny Forster of SCIENCE’s “Build It Bigger” emceed the April 26 ceremony at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York. One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The Edison Achievement Award serves as inspiration to future innovators and to the world at large.
In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed multiple events over a two-day period including a 25th Anniversary Opening Reception, Meet the Innovators Forum and the Innovators’ Showcase, which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.
About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards represent the spirit of innovation personified by Thomas Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Sponsors of the 2012 Edison Awards include: Nielsen, USA TODAY, Discovery Communications, SCIENCE, CSRware, applepeak and ViridiSTOR. For more information about the Edison Awards and a full list of winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
Carson City, Nevada (March 27, 2012) – The Langson Energy Gas Letdown GeneratorTM has completed testing in Elite Energy’s Test Lab for natural gas letdown power generation. The GLG utilizes helical screw technology to generate power from natural gas pressure reduction. It is designed to work in conjunction with existing natural gas pressure reduction stations as a means to capture the energy contained in the pressurized gas.
Research, development and operational testing previously performed by Langson on the GLG had been performed exclusively using compressed air. Langson’s customers requested an independent test using natural gas in order to simulate conditions within the environment being considered for implementation.
A test protocol was developed by a major gas and electric utility in order to demonstrate power output curves from varying gas pressure and flow conditions and gas inlet and outlet temperatures.
Elite Energy Systems, Inc of Carson City, NV, was asked to design and construct a high pressure closed-loop natural gas test environment capable of conducting tests simulating a range of pressures and temperatures and to measure the power output capability of the Gas Letdown GeneratorTM. Designed around equipment supplied by Langson Energy and incorporating a comprehensive collection of instrumentation, safeties and controls, the test loop was completed, tested and became operational in mid March 2012.
“The Gas Letdown GeneratorTM performed as expected and no specific operational issues were encountered while operating on Natural Gas. The Test data shows consistent and predictable trends. The testing indicates that the outlet temperature can be confidently predicted based on inlet conditions and design power can be confidently predicted based on mass flow and pressure ratio,” says Peter Palmer, Elite’s Test Engineer.
About Elite Energy, LLC
Elite is made up of a group of respected industry experts with decades of experience in designing, delivering, and installing CHP systems. Elite’s team comes from major engine companies and their distributors such as Caterpillar, Volvo, and Dresser. Additionally, Elite’s team has worked with CHP systems like DG Energy Solutions, Alturdyne, and Hess. Elite’s campus and energy management offices are located in Carson City, Nevada and includes 33,000 square-foot CHP system production facility, 20,000 square foot custom fabrication facilities and an 11,000 square foot metal fabrication shop.