KATIN ENGINEERING CONSULTING
has significant energy experience, including Energy Measurement & Verification (EM&V), Retro-Commissioning (RCx) projects for industry and government, evaluation of solar photo voltaic inverters for CEC, and supported CPUC on the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Calculator 6.0. We are a team member on several State energy projects, including:
- Multi-facility sites
- At the VA Martinez facility, we evaluated their equipment at 20 sites.
- For Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), we evaluated 150 systems at 17 PG&E sites
- For Dow Chemical, we evaluated their equipment at 7 facilities at one location
- Recently inspected over 240 air conditioning and refrigeration units at Target stores in Northern California.
- Evaluation, measurement, and verification of alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology (ARFVT). The increased use of alternative and renewable transportation fuels and technologies supports the state’s commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum use, improve air quality, and stimulate the sustainable production and use of biofuels within California Assembly Bill 118. Technologies, fuels, and activities include: electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), natural gas (CNG and LNG), hydrogen, E-85 blended gasoline, and biodiesel. This included conducting site visits to confirm grant money was properly spent installing EVSE equipment, verifying the equipment was operational, evaluating problems association with the project installation and the operation of the system.
- Installed instrumentation to collect data and calculate energy savings as part of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program. The CSI Thermal program seeks to provide incentives for the installation of 200,000 solar water heating systems (SWH) in California by the end of 2017. This project was installing instrumentation and collecting data to evaluate energy collected from solar cells installed on residential housing and commercial facilities. Meters measured SWH system performance in compliance with MIML R75 for International as well as SRCC and IAPMO for U. S. Standards. Meters were used to evaluate customer domestic hot water (DHW) loads, including information about time of day, week, and year. This was collected to help improve the understanding about the relationship between DHW loads and solar water heater performance. Wind condition data at different heights and different placements around the solar collector was also collected
- Assist the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in evaluating the costs and benefits of different renewable distributed generation(DG) technologies and contribute to the State Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) associated with bioenergy, solar photovoltaic, geothermal, and wind.
- the California Energy Commission (CEC) International Energy Project Financing Network (RFP #600-05-602),
- the CEC Non-Petroleum Fuel Transportation Survey (RFP #600-05-605),
- California Energy Commission (RFQ #600-09-601) Conduct Measurement, Verification, Evaluation and Reporting of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Request for Qualifications,
- California Energy Commission (CEC RFP #500-07-503) Technology Innovations for Buildings and Communities,
- the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Database for Energy Efficiency Resources (DEER) Update Study (RFP #06 PS 5635),
- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) measurement and verification (M&V) of PG&E facilities (RFP 06PS5683),
- Cal State University (CSU) Provide Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) services (RFP #70466),
- Southern California Edison (SCE) (RFP-104-020905) Tech Support for SCE's regulatory group,
- SCE (RFP 104-090904) Continuous Energy Improvement for large industry,
- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) measurement and verification (M&V) of SCE facilities (RFP 07PS56831),
- California Public Utilities Commission (RFP #07 PS 5683I) Industrial and Agricultural Impact Evaluation in Southern California,
- PG&E (RFP 4791) to provide Integrated Demand Side Management Technical Support Services for the Customer Energy Efficiency Department,
- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) evaluating the cost and benefit of different renewable distributed generation technologies (RFP 11PS5003),
- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) measurement and verification (M&V) of PG&E and SCE facilities (09PS5863A),
- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) energy efficiency evaluation measurement and verification (M&V) of PG&E and SCE facilities (12PS5094),
- California Energy Commission (RFQ #400-10-405) Technical editing to advise manufacturers of requirements to sell 23 categories of appliances in the State of California,
- California Energy Commission (RFQ #600-10-612) Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) of AB118 projects and program for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, and
- California Energy Commission (4271) Develop an EWQMS implementation strategies (operator training, adaptation strategies) for water utilities.
- We have licensed engineers (PE) and draftsman with over 160 years of industrial experience.
- Experienced consultant, have designed, constructed, permitted, started up, and operated chemical plants, petroleum refineries, water, wastewater treatment plants, conventional and nuclear power plants.
- Experienced at writing and executing Pre-commissioning, Commissioning, and Start-up Plans.
- Experienced at making as-built drawings, including PFD’s, P&ID’s, piping plans, site plans and equipment layouts.
- Upgrading of the utilities on site including a 125 KVA electrical substation to energize new Motor Control Centers.
- Managed projects for two cogeneration plants and inspected a 12 KV system, making recommendations for its repair.
- We have written books on Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Refrigeration, and Fluid Flow. We have also taught these classes. We can evaluate the supply versus demand on electrical loads and conduct a cost analysis of the economics to operate the various power plants.
We also have conducted numerous projects for industry, including:
- Evaluated “SMART” wells in petroleum production oil fields to reduce electricity usage on pump motors by reducing extraction well volume to a higher ratio of oil to water
- Evaluated installation of instrumentation and reduction in excess oxygen to ensure complete combustion yet not require preheating excessive quantities of excess air
- Evaluated retrofits in gas turbines catalyst system (SCR) by replacing low temperature catalyst with medium temperature catalyst to provide higher temperature in the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG)
- Improved voltage control in an Electro-Static Precipitator (ESP). The Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) has continuous catalyst regeneration. Stripped spent catalyst contains a flue gas containing CO, NOx, and particulate. CO is converted to CO2 in 600 psig CO Boilers. Particulate is removed from the flue gas of the CO Boilers in a ESP. By controlling voltage to the ESP, air permit limits can be achieved and electrical energy consumed can be reduced
- By sending hot Distillate Hydrotreater (DHT) bottoms directly to the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) instead of cooling, storing, and reheating feed to the FCCU, electricity could be saved by not having to operate fin fans and natural gas by not having to reheat feed in a preheat furnace
- Estimated capital cost to buy and install equipment and operating costs of the utilities to run the equipment energy costs of standard equipment for the Database for Energy Efficiency Resources (DEER)
- Evaluated a preheat coil in a furnace which saved energy by preheating the feedstock. This allowed faster throughput of feedstock through the furnace (regulated by a required output temperature of the process liquid), producing more product for the same energy input
- Evaluated the energy savings by installing variable frequency drive (VFD) motors and high efficiency motors on pumps, cooling tower fans, and fin fan
- Evaluated the installation of 200 linear feet (LF) of 8 inch diameter high pressure steam piping in order to supply 600psig steam from a third party vendor to the facility
- Evaluated energy savings using process waste heat in lieu of steam. Piping was modified at a heat exchanger to use Light Coker Gas Oil (LCGO) instead of 40-psig steam for heating a deethanizer column
- Evaluated energy savings re-routing piping to avoid cooling and subsequent re-heating. A plant was modified to partially cool the light lean oil with condensate to recover some of the waste heat
- Install temperature controller on furnace
- Waste heat recovery in the stack
- Change raw materials when recovering a hazardous waste
- Faulty steam traps waste energy
- Improper location of HVAC ducting
- Improper balancing of ducting
- Installed low NOx burners on furnace