Energy Evaluations and Geothermal Exploration
University of New Mexico
TerranearPMC supported energy exploration activities to develop geothermal resources at Pagosa Springs in Colorado. Various techniques were designed and implemented for subsurface exploration, including mantel, magmatic and radiogenic gas and water sampling, geo-thermometer calculation fracture, trace analysis, onsite geologic surveys, and geothermal feature identification. TerranearPMC authored the Geothermal Play report and the Geothermal Resource Evaluation report.
Renewable Energy Option Evaluations and Conceptual Designs
St. Croix Air National Guard Station
TerranearPMC evaluated renewable energy alternatives and prepared conceptual designs that incorporated identification of regulations, permits and approvals as well as development of conceptual build schedules and maintenance requirements. A detailed analysis of historic electric usage and a financial analysis was performed, including a 20 year assessment of revenues from the carbon-neutral generation of electricity based on the local electric tariff and the expected annual maintenance costs, for:
Solar resources using the National Solar Radiation Database and Meteonorm
Four solar PV designs for roof and ground, using crystalline and amorphous modules
Wind resources using data from St. Croix Airport and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Six wind turbine systems including pole, roof and ground mounted, vertical and horizontal options
Two integrated solar photovoltaic and wind turbine system options
Solar Generation/Solar Manufacturing/Wind Power/Biomass to Energy/Nuclear Power Projects
DOE Loan Guarantee Program
TPMC has provided technical support to the DOE Loan Guarantee Program, which was designed to bring down the financing costs for large energy projects. The services provided included support of the due diligence review, construction monitoring, and operation of a wide range of innovative, utility-scale solar power, solar manufacturing, wind power, biomass-to-energy, and nuclear power projects.

Utility-Scale Solar Power

Five solar projects in Arizona and California using photovoltaic (PV) modules (Agua Caliente at 290 MW, Antelope Valley Solar Ranch at 230 MW, California Valley Solar Ranch at 250 MW, Desert Sun at 550 MW (world’s largest PV solar project), and Sempra Mesquite at 170 MW).  In addition to the unprecedented scale of these projects, technology innovations for these projects included the first use of fault ride-through inverters, water-cooled inverters, and the first tracker systems for solar PV projects.
One first-of-a-kind high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) project in Colorado (Cogentrix of Alamosa at 30 MW).
Three concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in Arizona and California using trough technology (Abengoa Solana at 250 MW, Abengoa Mohave at 250 MW, and Genesis at 250 MW).  In addition to advanced trough designs, technology innovations included advanced  solar receivers and the first 6-hour energy storage system using molten salt technology.
Two CSP projects in California and Nevada using power tower technology (Ivanpah at 353 MW and Solar Reserve Tonopah at 113 MW).  In addition to the first use of solar towers, technology innovations included the solar receivers, heat transfer systems, the SCANA systems for operation of the solar fields, and energy storage using molten salt technology.
One project for commercial rooftop solar systems on industrial warehouses in multiple states throughout the U.S. (600 MW if fully executed) and one project for individual rooftop solar systems on military housing throughout the U.S.
Solar Manufacturing

Projects included commercial-scale application of a variety of innovative technologies, including direct casting of silicon wafers for solar modules, single vacuum deposition on glass for CdTe solar modules, and roll-to-roll production of one meter wide sheets of flexible CIGS solar modules.
Utility-Scale Wind

Projects included four land-based wind projects in Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Hawaii (Record Hill at 99 MW, Granite Reliable at 50 MW, Shepards Flat at 845 MW – the largest wind farm in the world – and Kahuku at 30 MW) and two off-shore wind projects along the North Atlantic coast (at 363 MW and 30 MW).  Each project used a different wind turbine design and innovations included battery storage systems and turbine load control for wind turbulence.

Projects in Kansas, Montana, and New York used different types of biomass material (corn stover, wheat and barley, and municipal solid waste and construction/demolition debris) and different proprietary technologies to produce commercial quantities of advanced fuel-grade biofuel (ethanol), steam, and syngas for production of electricity.
Nuclear Power

The Vogtle Units 3&4 project in Georgia utilizes the first Westinghouse AP-1000 pressurized water reactors (PWRs), a new technology in the United States.  The project is the first nuclear power project to receive a combined operating license (COL) from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project will use an innovative modular construction approach where major structures will be built in a climate-controlled assembly building and then hoisted into place rather than the traditional stick-built in-place construction approach.

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