What Are the Long-Term Effects of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Earth?

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(DGIwire) – Brown University researchers recently investigated how climate change and evolution have intersected throughout the millennia. The group, which published its findings in August 2015 in the journal Nature Communications, focused on ancient animals living in what is now America. According to their study, changes in the environment were significant enough to make the evolutionary tree branch in different directions. While nobody is yet claiming that the rising level of greenhouse gas emissions will influence Earth’s climate to the extent that it will eventually influence humanity’s evolution, many argue that it is having a detrimental effect on the health of our planet today.

“Nobody knows with 100 percent certainty that climate change is happening or whether it’s being caused by humans,” says Alain Castro, CEO of the Irvine, CA-based energy technology firm Ener-Core, Inc. “But if there’s even as much as a one percent chance that climate change is being caused by our species, it behooves us to take action, because the consequences of not taking action are far too great. We must do something, within the bounds of the capitalistic framework of our global economy. This means finding methods to reduce emissions that won’t cripple the underlying industries, cause a slowdown in economic growth or cause unemployment. There are technologies out there today that can enable companies to actually become more productive—through improved efficiencies—while at the same time reducing their emissions. These are the types of technologies that our entire planet should be betting on, because they enable a sharp decrease in greenhouse gas emissions without the risk of crippling economic growth.”

Ener-Core is the designer and manufacturer of a groundbreaking technology that enables the conversion of waste gases from a wide range of industries directly into clean power. The waste gas to energy market represents an approximate $75 billion equipment market. Ener-Core provides the opportunity for industries to stop spending money complying with environmental standards and instead use these gases productively to generate and/or sell energy, profitably.

Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, which has already been commercialized and installed successfully, and has also been issued 23 patents to date, converts waste gases such as low-BTU methane into useful heat and power. These are typically gases that are flared (burned) off by a wide range of industries, as the gases are considered useless (and hence waste) because current power technologies cannot use them as a fuel. By making these low-quality gases “useful,” Ener-Core provides a compelling value proposition, enabling the industries to actually make money from their waste gases. Today, there are approximately three million industrial facilities (spanning many industries) that collectively emit 32 percent of the total global greenhouse emissions, and all these industrial facilities combined actually purchase approximately $800 billion of energy per year from their local utilities in order to operate their facilities.

Ener-Core can enable these industrial companies to convert their emissions into useful energy that they can use on-site, thereby enabling them to lower their operating costs by reducing the amount of energy they need to purchase to run their operations. By enabling industries to convert their waste gases into energy, the industrial facilities can earn an attractive return on investment, and gain a competitive edge by reducing their costs of operations. This technology has already been deployed commercially, and the company is now ramping up in collaboration with the leading global manufacturers of gas turbines and industrial steam boilers. Ener-Core recently announced the receipt of a $2.1 million purchase order and initial license payment from Dresser-Rand, a Siemens company, for two units of Ener-Core’s next-generation Power Oxidizers, to be integrated with Dresser-Rand’s KG2-3G gas turbine.

“The actions that we take—or do not take—today to address the problem of excess greenhouse emissions can have a range of long-term consequences. The sooner we act in a constructive way to solve this issue, the better. There are many technological innovations that have already been developed, and could have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a manner that actually makes financial sense. It’s time for industries to now step up and take action,” Castro adds.