Applied LNG Technologies, a company based in Texas, encountered a significant obstacle at their newly established Wildwood Liquefier in Stockton, CA. Their objective was to convert stranded well-waste gas into high-purity liquefied natural gas (LNG), leveraging their expertise as a prominent LNG wholesaler. However, the facility's operations were severely disrupted by an unforeseen power-generation issue, resulting in shutdowns lasting up to eight hours. Following nearly a year of grappling for a solution, Applied LNG joined forces with Continental Controls Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, which specializes in developing control systems for gas turbines and engines.
To address the challenge, Continental Controls introduced the ECV-5 emissions control valve, a precision instrument that effectively regulates fuel-injection pressure by monitoring oxygen content in the exhaust. This innovation effectively resolved the persistent problem that had hindered Applied LNG's operations. Since its implementation in 2003, the ECV-5 valve has enabled the generator to operate seamlessly, yielding approximately 5,000 gallons of LNG daily while satisfying stringent environmental requirements.
The successful collaboration between Applied LNG and Continental Controls underscores the critical role of such solutions in the burgeoning LNG industry. The advantages offered by LNG, including cost-efficiency and reduced emissions, are propelling its increasing adoption. As natural gas gains traction as a cleaner alternative to conventional fuels, solutions like the ECV-5 valve hold considerable promise in surmounting intricate challenges, ultimately enhancing facility efficiency and environmental sustainability.