The Company is now in the process of sending out sample runs to an independent laboratory in order to obtain its government ASTM spec certification. In the interim, the Company will be running a series of sample runs in order to prepare for full production.
The Company is also in the process of negotiating with buyers for contracts on their bio-diesel fuel once full production starts to commence.
Posted on Feb 26, 2014
As promised we are a bringing you our update on our blog. Unfortunately we have been short staffed and our blog communications have suffered as a result. However going forward we intend to bring you at least 2 blog entries per month. The company is presently looking for a full time marketing and communications person to work with management to provide regular communications to our clients, prospective clients and shareholders.
Our move to a new location resulted in a delay in our biodiesel production and the plant needed to be re-installed before we could start again. I am happy to report that we are nearing completion of that install and biodiesel production at our Cambridge facility is now imminent. At this point we are waiting for the electrical work to be completed and we will be able to start up the plant. I have included some shots of the installation of the biodiesel plant as well as the renovations of the new office, which will be home to our new employee additions at the company. We now operate 2 locations our first location 155B Turnbull Crt where we currently have our plasma reactor lab as well as our CNC machining and fabrication. The location is 3,200 square feet and houses our offices and showroom as well. Our second location at 120 Turnbull Units H&I house our biodiesel operations as well as the CWS fuel line also presently under construction. This facility is 5,000 square feet with office and boardroom plus our onsite lab for testing and QC. I have included some photos of its installation as well and we look forward to receiving our conveying system and oil and water feed system sometime towards the end of March so this unit can begin producing this product on a pilot scale.
We have now taken the steps in anticipation of production of biodiesel and issued a PO for the first delivery of 20,000 liters of oil for our test run and sale. As soon as this is produced will begin by taking delivery of this amount per week until we can ramp up our cash flow to be able to handle the maximum of 52,500 liters per week.
Please feel free to call us at 519-800-7556 with any questions.
Posted on Mar 01, 2013
Here is a video of our earlier setup up of our coal water slurry unit. We have since upgraded it and integrated the ash removal system as well as the ability to accurately measure the ratio of Coal/Water/Oil. We are very excited about this product and see it as the driving force of the company coupled with biodiesel production and the NT Plasmatron for syngas production.
Our efforts are focused right now on the quickest path to sustainable revenue and the corporate focus has been in this type of fuel production.
Posted on Jan 21, 2013
2013 is proving to be a big year for W2 Energy below are some pictures of out plant with work in progress. Our biodiesel plant is well on its way to regular production. We continue to upgrade our lab. Late last year we added a steam generator to our lab so we can continue our work with our SteamRay engine. We have been testing smaller engines that require less steam for use in residential and commercial solar steam applications.
Posted on Feb 03, 2013
Well we continue to test our Steamray engine below are some links with the engine running on 80 PSI steam running a 10KW generator at 150V. The interesting thing is the startup notice we can start from zero as well as the water being pushed out without affecting the unit. This will make this unit perfect for solar steam applications where the steam will start and finish in a wet steam state.
Guelph green technology company creates compressed air engine
Mike McLaren Chris Seto/Guelph Mercury
Mike McLaren, president and CEO of W2 Energy, examines a beaker of algae in the company's warehouse on Woodlawn Road. The algae, in tubes behind him, make use of the excess carbon dioxide the facility creates.
GUELPH — From the bland, unassuming look of the warehouse, one would never guess the W2 Energy building houses the technology that will eventually power North America with renewable energy.
At least that’s the hope of Mike McLaren, the company’s president and CEO. Since arriving in Guelph three years ago, the company has been steadily growing and developing its alternative energy technologies while staying under the radar.
“In our business sometimes it’s best to do the sneak attack,” McLaren said.
But now, the alternative energy company is nearly ready to step into the spotlight and make one of its various projects available to the world.
The compressed air engine, or AirRocket, will run on compressed air up to 3,600 pounds per square inch. McLaren said this engine can power a vehicle or convert stored compressed air into energy.
The CEO said his company is pushing to have the engine available for commercial use by next year, where households could use it to help offset hydro costs during peak hours.
The system works by using the power generated by solar panels to compress air in a tank. Throughout the day, the pressure in the tank will continue to build until the late afternoon when the sun is setting.
During peak hours, when power costs are at their highest, the compressed air will run the engine, which will turn a generator delivering power for the rest of the evening.
“Basically, we’re storing solar energy as compressed air,” said Rob Loucks, owner of RTN Machining, a subsidiary of W2 Energy. Loucks described his job as taking the grand ideas from McLaren and turning them into reality.
“I’m not Doc from Back to the Future, but I work with him,” he said, adding he and McLaren have been partners three years.
In a few months, the AirRocket will be put to the test for the first time at the Tuscon Electric Power solar farm in Arizona. Soon after that, the company plans to install a 65 horsepower AirRocket engine into a motorcycle.
“We’re just at that cusp now of commercialization,” McLaren said, adding big things are going to be happening in the next few years.
The company moved into the warehouse near Woodlawn and the Hanlon Expressway earlier this year and is still in the process of setting up their facility. Within three to six months, McLaren said he hopes to be set up and generating power.
When set up, he said W2 Energy will generate electricity to be put back into the power grid without leaving a carbon footprint.
The small scale power generating system is set up as a closed loop. Through the use of a non-thermal plasmatron, they will convert organic waste materials or coal into a synthesis gas, which can then be made into clean diesel or jet fuel.
The heat generated from this process will activate a boiler, powering a steam engine and turning a generator that will feed into Guelph’s power grid.
The carbon dioxide created by this process is captured and fed through a series of tubes containing water seeded with algae. The algae use the gas as food so none escapes into the atmosphere.
McLaren said he plans to have several green houses on the four-acre property by next year to store the algae that feeds on the carbon dioxide.
He said Canada and the United States don’t need to rely on other countries for non-renewable resources such as oil.
“North America is the Saudi Arabia of coal,” he said.
Now that we can manage the excess carbon properly, materials such as coal can be mined and used without a large carbon footprint, he said.
“Everything — forest, mining, energy production — can all be done responsibly.”