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As the alternative energy industry argues who the winners and losers are in renewable based energy it is fair to say that consumers are so far unimpressed.  This is not to say that there isn’t progress being made by the industry, rather no one has yet to power their livelihoods on anything other than energy substantially generated from fossil fuels.  There are way’s to buy renewable energy credits and be a “green” consumer but there is no real way to differentiate where your energy is actually coming from.  E-85 and Bio-Diesl are good ways to reduce ones carbon footprint but our energy consumption is much greater than just our transportation needs.

Energy is one of the most important commodities of our society and economy.  However, It is ironic that the importance for us to have continuous and reliable energy has failed to launch much ingenuity or alternative in the past decades.  As the United States and Europe begin to face the reality that fossil fuels cannot be the only solution to our energy consumption, Precision Pipe has developed breakthrough technology which has the potential to change the way the world powers itself in the coming century.

Just this week Precision Pipe has successfully operated a 25 k/W generator set, for several hours, entirely powered by sewage sludge.  A bunch of nice people have, albeit unknown to them, created 1/10th of a megawatt of electricity by simply doing their business and flushing their toilets.  The potential this technology has is to take the worst of our waste problems and create a value added energy source.  This would be a first, both fiscally and physically as other groups have produced renewable energy from sewage before.  However, until now no one has been able to do it in a way that creates a positive cash flow and a reasonable ROI in a short amount of time.

Precision Pipe is in the position to bring to market this new technology which brings alternative to our communities energy needs. Suddenly, municipalities have a potential revenue stream off of what is now considered a liability.  Sewage sludge, garbage, biomass, and other waste streams have the potential to create electricity with minimal emissions, steam or heat, transportation fuels, and synthetic natural gas.  The life of a landfill will be multiplied many times over  and the volume of waste streams is reduced up to 80% of it’ s current volume. In addition to creating new revenue streams this would save cities and counties potentially millions of dollars in transportation and new land fill costs.

Although this technology isn’t the perfect solution for every application, it is however, a viable solution and a true alternative to energy needs and waste disposal problems today. This technology is ready to change the way the world powers itself.

http://www.Precision-Pipe.com

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As an ASME code shop it has been very beneficial to our business having the added segment of renewable energy projects.  Throughout our 30 year history as a company most of our success and failure has coincided with the success and failures of the oil and gas industry.  As it stands today we are still very dependent on our traditional energy clients and their projects, as this makes up at least half of our overall business each year.  However, it is great to have another segment that is not dependent on the price of oil and gas to keep our fabrication shop afloat while gas and oil prices are down.  Last year the lions share of our work was in alternative fuels, clean energy, and clean-tech segments.  Not having this industry 10 years ago (not to say it didn’t exist it just wasn’t as lucrative at that time) this recession would have been much worse than it is even now. During the downturn we saw big decreases in our back log but we were able to secure and build several projects and skidded packages for clients that are trying to bring new clean technologies to market.  Some of these technologies improve pollution and energy consumption while others aim and finding a competitive replacement to petroleum products.

As we look to the future in this new energy economy Precision Pipe is excited to be at the cross roads.  We are very optimistic about the continued and successful use of fossil fuels and their associated projects and we are thrill to see these projects getting back on their feet again.  All the while we are also embracing new companies that are developing technology to change the way the world uses energy and fuels itself.  In the near future we hope to be building NGL refrigeration plants and gas separators alongside catalyst beds and gasification plants to power our nation and world.  As it is clearly a new world for fabrication, Precision Pipe  is well positioned as a leader in developing new technologies.  We strive to help our clients build prototypes of their own proprietary technologies for this new segment of the US economy in addition to building components for established petrochemical processes.

http://www.Precision-Pipe.com

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