Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bloom's Lawyer Answers New Jersey BPU

I had contacted the NJ Board of Public Utilities who in turn contacted Bloom’s lawyer Elizabeth McKeever:

Elizabeth M. McKeever
Bevan, Mosca, Giuditta & Zarillo, P.C.
222 Mount Airy Road, Suite 200
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

This is the response she gave and I quote:
Response:  The Bloom project manager, Mr. DeMeis provided the following testimony:  “…the emission is 773 pounds per megawatt on natural gas.  That’s the average.”  He also referred to the Bloom Energy Data sheet “cutsheet” which specified 773 lbs of CO2/MWh at a specified efficiency of approximately 57% LHV.  As an average would indicate, the systems actually function in a range of efficiency so there is some variance in the CO2 emissions within tolerances.  For example, presently the Bloom Energy Servers deployed in Freehold and Middletown are both performing at above 60% LHV efficiency with a resulting CO2 emissions rate of less than 735 lbs/MWh, well below and considerably favorable to the 773 lbs of CO2/MWh referenced in the testimony.  There will be some degradation in efficiency of the Bloom Energy Servers  over time resulting in a slight increase in the CO2 emissions rate which is why the 773 lbs/MWh was referred to as an average number in the testimony.  This average of 773 lbs/MWh is comprised of a range of performance that is expected to be 735-849 lbs of CO2/MWh based on an efficiency range of 60% to 52% LHV.  Current Bloom Energy Server data sheets clearly reflect this range.  The New Jersey Clean Energy CHP-FC program also mandates a performance level above 50% LHV.

The Delaware performance numbers referenced by Mr. Leveen are not relevant to this discussion.  The numbers cited are for a utility scale deployment with unique target efficiencies specified in that particular Delaware-specific tariff.  There are also gas quality issues in the region as well that have periodically impacted performance.  Bloom Energy is in compliance with all the Delaware Public Service Commission tariffs and environmental agency regulations and permits in the State.”

OK let’s analyze the response.  The 773 pounds of CO2/mwh equals a heat rate of 6.6 million BTUs/mwh.  This was the MAXIMUM not the AVERAGE that Bloom promised under penalty of perjury in their January 13, 2012 Coastal Zone Act Permit Application in Delaware.  Suddenly they have a range and 773 is in the range.  The lawyer and Bloom fails first grade arithmetic 773 is not the average of 735 and 849.  The average is 792. 

Now Bloom claims to operate in Delaware under a “tariff’.  This is correct a bogus tariff that does not match a fake permit.  The bogus tariff allows an average of 884 pounds CO2/mwh . Way outside Bloom's new range for the ES 5700 Bloom Coffin.   Bloom operates in Delaware under the protection of Governor Magic Jack Markell who should be impeached.  His sidekicks O’Mara and Levin have resigned due to the BLOOMDOGGLE and Markell should be next to go.

Now the zinger of the lawyer’s admission of the solid waste with sulfur and I quote:
“Response:  Bloom Energy Servers do not produce sulfur.  Because natural gas is odorless, virtually all gas suppliers in the United States add sulfur compounds to their natural gas as a safety precaution, allowing those in the vicinity to smell the gas in the event there is a pipeline leak. The sulfur compounds, however, impede the function of the fuel cell and their removal ensures longer system life and enhanced productivity.  So a sulfur removal unit consisting of sealed metal canisters containing sorbent beds is included with each Bloom Energy Server to remove sulfur compounds from the natural gas stream before it enters the fuel cell system.  Periodically these sealed desulfurization canisters are removed and replaced as sorbent material is used up. 

At the time of replacement, the filter materials have essentially the same make up as when they were new.  In addition, they have adsorbed a small amount of sulfur compounds, which are filtered from the natural gas stream and accumulated in the sorbent.  The sulfur and sulfur compounds captured in this process are not considered hazardous waste per the EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The sorbent materials may also contain trace amounts of hydrocarbons or other organic compounds which are naturally present in natural gas. The canisters remain sealed until they are opened and treated at an EPA licensed facility.  Throughout the process, Bloom adheres to all applicable federal, state and local environmental requirements.”    

A little sulfur in a heavy canister with sorbent means tons of solid waste with sulfur ending up in the EPA licensed facility.  If the waste is harmless why send it all the way sealed up in a steel canister to an EPA licensed facility that is out of state???  Bloom needs to tell us what the chemistry is before and after the sulfur is trapped and also Bloom needs to tell us how much waste is treated at the EPA licensed facility.  The lawyer misspoke that the only sulfur compounds in the pipeline natural gas are those added to impart odor.  There are naturally occurring sulfur compounds in natural gas besides the odorant.  

The lawyer is clever but not that clever Bloom is now stuck in having admitted the solid waste with sulfur is large and ends up in an EPA licensed facility.  None of this waste was in the coastal zone act permit that Collin O’Mara fraudulently approved.  This clown has resigned, and his whole department at the Delaware DNREC is under investigation.  The CZA permit in DE has a maximum of 773 pounds of CO2/mwh not an average.  The lawyer has impeached Bloom and has helped them dig a deeper hole that they are burying themselves in.  The Bloom Box is a Bloom Coffin.  Markell has to go.  The DE professional engineering association needs to strip as many as five professional engineers of their PE licenses, and Bloom needs to return $1 billion of ill-gotten ratepayer and taxpayer money.

The Green Machine AKA The Thermonator needs Al Gore to admit that not even Tipper believes him anymore.  Thermo Rules and I have copyrighted the lyrics of GreenThieves that is sung to the tune of Greensleeves.  This will be the theme song of the documentary movie “The BLOOMDOGGLE – Celsius 1960”  Da Da…Da Da…. Da Da Da.. Da Da.   Interestingly Henry the 8th wrote the original lyrics to Greensleeves.  Al Gore’s girth is getting up to be a Henry.

The first Verse of GreenThieves is as follows:

Alas, my congressman, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have chased you well and long,
Delighting in your gangrenery.

Green  Thieves Took all my dough,
Green Thieves made sulfur go.
Green Thieves Took tons of gold,
and who but our greedy Green Thieves.

Copyright Lindsay Leveen 2015