Outlier works with owners, developers and service providers in all sectors to develop energy systems that solve our clients' ESG, financial and reliability goals. We first analyze our clients' facilities to best understand their energy usage and internal processes and compare the usage to each of the technologies at our disposal. The output of this exercise is usually two to three very good options to select from that best meet our client's financial, reliability and ESG requirements.
Without exception, we see cost, reliability, and emissions all improve when we engage in this way.
Our development services include the engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of our projects, allowing our clients to focus on their core business while we focus on ours.
Outlier deployed combined heat and power (CHP) systems for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, DC and Jordan River Temples using our development methodology.
The microturbine-driven CHP systems have saved The Church hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility costs while also reducing the carbon footprint of these beautiful buildings.
Outlier provides the majority of our solutions on an Energy-as-a-Service basis. To support this offering, Outlier maintains relationships with the largest private equity and PACE financing organizations in America to ensure financing availability for customer projects. Outlier manages the complete project financing process, including the sourcing of capital, fund origination and closing, risk management and ongoing asset management for the life of our projects.
Outlier sourced over $50 MM in project capital for a privately held manufacturer to install cogeneration across 20+ facilities in North America. Outlier pitched the program to five PE firms and received offers from all five firms.
We operate and maintain what we install in close coordination and cooperation with the manufacturers of the equipment. Whether it's a fuel cell or a turbine, a solar panel or a reciprocating engine, you can be confident that the equipment will be operated by highly qualified, factory-trained personnel under contract for equipment performance. Our staff come from the utility and oil & gas industries, where downtime can cost $100,000's an hour.
Our systems and processes are the same as major utilities, but we bring private company accountability to the utility sector, and individual accountability to you, our customer.
One customer's site on the east coast experienced significant voltage variances from the utility that resulted in damaged equipment at the customer's site. Our monitoring equipment isolated the source of the variances and supported the customer's facility team in engaging the utility for repairs and upgrades to the utility's equipment.
ESG goals are often set by executives under pressure without full consultation from operations teams responsible to achieve the goals. Our team has the resources to back up our clients with innovation and funding to accomplish ambitious goals set without due diligence.
Technologies like carbon capture on commercial scale, rather than industrial scale or utility scale, enable remarkable accomplishments toward carbon-free facilities. Outlier can do this for you while increasing your electrical reliability and quality. All while achieving ESG goals set with deadlines a decade or two away.
You can exceed expectations on a budget.
Our customer charged with developing a housing project with Net Zero carbon output was also expected to complete the project before Net Zero equipment was available.
Our analysis supported him deploying equipment that was 75% Net Zero with a documented pathway to 100% Net Zero within 5 years, which his investors approved.
Purchasing the right equipment and being able to promptly source it to mesh with a project already in flight requires expertise and a network of vendors to do it right. Outlier Energy has the skills and network to make the impossible and the improbable happen.
Often crossing industry boundaries is what can help. Outlier's customers and leadership experiences span multiple industries, from traditional to alternative energy, and from consulting to construction, including offshore deep-water work. Thinking outside the box, and then getting outside the box are what can drive real results.
We make it happen.
An Outlier customer with a booming business needed switchgear for a temporary building under construction. COVID-19 had snarled supply chains and the GC, electrical contractor, and electrical engineer could not locate one.
Outlier Energy reached out to its contacts outside of traditional procurement channels and had a switchgear delivered in 5 weeks.
Deep research on rate cases and thinking outside the box to find just the right solution for a unique utility need, and even negotiating with a utility to meet a need are keys to successfully sourcing utilities for a customer.
Outlier has successfully sourced electric and gas utilities for customers with unique needs when their own resources did not have bandwidth or access that was required to arrive at an ideal circumstance, and our results continue to pay dividends to the clients who we assisted.
An Outlier customer with religious facilities in Virginia had requested that we build a cogeneration system in their worship facility as a means of reducing utility expense.
Prior to beginning construction, Outlier discovered a religious facility rate that was lower than the self-generation cost would have been. The customer gratefully accepted our advice not to build the CHP system
Microturbines are a derivation of the same turbines that have been powering air travel for decades. Microturbines are fueled with natual gas and utilize recuperating inlet air heating that raises the temperature of the inlet gas prior to combustion above the level at which greenhouse gases are formed during combustion. This process reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% and CO2 by 50%.
For larger, industrial customers we may suggest larger gas turbines that offer economies of scale in pricing and efficiencies. Even though most gas turbines do not benefit from recuperated air flow, the greenhouse gas emissions can still be kept low through the use of selective catalyst reduction of the exhaust airflow. Combined with exhaust-fired steam generators, gas turbines can provide large, industrial steam flows with no additional fuel input. These "cogeneration" systems can be competitive with any utility rate available.
Fuel Cells offer an advanced means of generating electricity from natural gas. Fuel Cells separate the hydrogen from the methane contained in natural gas and use it in a chemical reaction with the oxygen in the atmosphere to produce electricity. The process generates electricity with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions. Outlier is beginning to pair carbon capture with fuel cells to provide Zero Carbon energy fueled with natural gas. This is a key innovation that Outlier is currently developing for three clients, as it offers the only non-nuclear, dependable and cost-effective source of electricity that can meet our clients' net zero goals.
Solar is an ideal solution for offsetting peak loads during the summer afternoon hours. Solar only generates for 20-30% of the day and generates more power during the summer when the sun burns stronger. Therefore, solar may be a good option to augment power generation for buildings which have high HVAC loads, such as residences and office buildings.
Energy Storage is used to increase the efficiency or utilization of a system. When connected to the grid, it allows users to "buy low and use high", by taking advantage of low electric rates during off-peak hours to charge and then powering the facility during high cost, on-peak hours. Outlier utilizes energy storage to increase the efficiencies of its system, by using low-cost on-site power to charge the batteries during off-peak times and discharging during peak times. Such a system can allow an 8-kW system to serve a 12-kW load, maximizing the utilization and economic benefit of the system.
One of our suppliers has developed a recuperating engine that optimizes the design to lower the emissions from the generator. This design allows the use of standard engines similar to the ones found in millions of cars to generate electricity with similar emissions characteristics as a microturbine.
On-site generation oftentimes requires customized controls to manage them. Microgrids can be integrated into the local utility as a "distributed energy resource", load shedding may be required during grid outages to ensure that a local facility continues critical operations using on-site generation during grid outages, and process systems may need to be coordinated with cogeneration systems to optimize the efficiencies of the system. Outlier offers customized microgrid control systems and 24/7 monitoring to our clients, so that we can ensure your systems operate optimally for their lifetime.
Outlier Energy has experience developing power systems for residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Let us use our expertise to find the right solution for you.
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