4 The WhisperGen Stirling Engine Technical DetailsModel / Housing MkV AC Generator gas fired, floor standing unitMotor Double acting 4-Cylinder-Stirling-Cycle Power Electric: 1.000W AC at 220 – 240V. Heat: Standard heat output 7,5kW and maximum heat output 12kW Fuel Natural gas [most types] Grid connection 4-pole Asynchronous, IEC connectionSize & Weight 480 x 560 x 840 (B x D x H) <137 kg Environment Ambient temp: 0-45°C Humidity: 0-95% Flue gas Horizontal or vertical connection Certification CE-marked & local accreditation
5 The WhisperGen EU1 Based on the same 4-cylinder design Principle is: reliability, stability, manufacturabilityIf anybody claims to have a product, there are only 3 questions to ask:Can you make it in volume for <Euro 1500?Can I buy one today?Can you show a mean life of +10 yrs
6 (of a little girl with a BIG BOY) The Marriage –(of a little girl with a BIG BOY)
7 WhisperGenHere’s what Wikipedia has to say:WhisperGen, a New Zealand-based company has developed stirling engines that can be powered by natural gas or diesel. Recently an agreement has been signed with Mondragon Corporación Cooperativa, a Spanish firm, to produce WhisperGen's microCHP and make them available for the domestic market in Europe.Founded: 1995 based on a development by Don ClucasEmployees: 100Ranking: 1st Commercial Stirling microCHP company worldwideStructure: Limited Company, >93% owned by Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest energy supplier that is 100% Government owned
8 WhisperGenSo what have they manufactured in Christchurch?Since its start in 1995, WhisperGen has manufactured units7 large winter trials of >500 units across Europe15 different locations & countriesLife time testing of > hours cumulativelyLongest running units have +10 years lifeProven reliability: lab, field trials, with end-usersProven energy saving, proven carbon savingProven commercial viability
9 WhisperGen So where do they make these WhisperGens? WhisperGen “country” Christchurch
10 Mondragon Cooperative Corporation Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation is a group of manufacturing and retail companies based in the Basque Country and extended over the rest of Spain and abroad. It is one of the world's largest worker cooperatives and one important example of workers' self-managementFounded: by a priest, Father ArizmendiEmployees: , and still growingStructure: Workers CooperativeTurnover: Euro 14 billion Total Assets: Euro 43 billionRanking: 7th largest industrial group
11 Mondragon Cooperative Corporation So what do they manufacture, apart from WhisperGens?They make >1000 different products in >100 factories, with a total space of more than >1 million football fieldsBut for us – today – it is important to know they make >1,000,000 gas fired heating appliances per year. And they make engines for Europe’s largest car brands, and they make >8m units of whitegoods (fridges, washing machines etc) per year.The combined knowledge of gas industry, white goods appliances and automotive is why WhisperGen wanted to work with MCC.
12 Mondragon Cooperative Corporation So where do they manufacture these WhisperGens?MCC “country”Mondragon
13 Production of WhisperGens for Europe in Europe The Joint VentureWhisperGenMCCEHEEfficient Home EnergyProduction of WhisperGens for Europe in Europe
14 The Joint Venture Based in the Basque Country On its own landOwn factory lineUsing expertise, personnel and logistics from both MCC and WhisperGenInitial line of 30,000 units p.a.Low volume production Q4 2008Slowly ramping up towards end 2009Distribution in EuropeMain distribution partners identifiedNetwork in 6 key countries establishedService team functional & experienced
15 (the proof of the pudding) - The Test –(the proof of the pudding)
16 The Test High number of installations In different countries Different partnersAt least 3 wintersIntegrate your findingsTo build commercial product
17 Where are those WhisperGens? B: Lab testsNL: 5th yearS: Several sitesUK: 6th yearD: Many trialsIR: large trialA: TrialsCH: TrialsSI: Test unitsFR: Large trialsIT: Field trialsP: Several sitesES: Trials
18 Future Tech: The Virtual Power Plant Future Tech: The Virtual Power Plant Testing the strength of the network with 48 WhisperGens
19 Future Tech: The Virtual Power Plant Future Tech: The Virtual Power Plant Testing the strength of the network with 48 WhisperGensConclusions from the test with WhisperGens on the Grid:The Network is SAFEThe Network is STABLEWhisperGen can be INSTALLED without any special changes
20 (toward a real microCHP market) - Next steps –(toward a real microCHP market)
21 Next steps Stop the “next year” syndrome, by starting production now Work with industry to call for fair & open access to market – grid connection, gas efficiency standardsFight unfair standards with aligned companies and governments
22 Next stepsThe most important issue for microCHP is that governments understand its simplicity:Our technology gives energy savingEnergy saving = carbon reductionAt all cost we – collectively – need to avoid overcomplicated calculations that do not work thermodynamically, and nobody understandsWhisperGen/EHE will continue to work with industry on collective standards and government support across Europe for a range of technologies
23 What can we learn from Alice in Wonderland? “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”Alice takes advice from the Queen...
24 “So, what do you do, when you are ahead of the rest?” 1.You look for confirmationin what you are doing by testing, testing, testing2.You work with fellow developers& future competitors to develop the market, fair standardsAnd3.You keep running as fast as you can, because there is nothing less certain than staying in front.