Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) has been working in energy related fields since 1966. BNI designed and produced a vertically integrated array of products which are used by developers, producers, distributors, and consumers. Products include turbine-generators, vapor return blowers for LNG receiving terminals, and air and anode gas recirculation compressors for fuel cells. Standard and prototype products which conform to National Electrical Code (NEC), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Military (MIL), and National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards are designed and produced on a regular basis.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Products
Barber-Nichols designs and produces cryogenic Vapor Return Blowers for receiving terminals and Submersible LNG Pumps for vehicle applications. Vapor Return Blowers transfer LNG vapor from the onshore storage facilities back to the ships for ullage pressure control during unloading. BNI's Vapor Return Blowers provide a variety of benefits including cold box insulation to eliminate ice build up, proprietary thermal isolation features to allow rapid starts with minimal chill down and variable speed operation for enhanced control. Submersible LNG Pumps are compact, economical, and will endure thousands of start/stop cycles, providing many years of maintenance-free operation.
The design effort for such machines includes detailed review of major contractor specifications with reference to API and ANSI, submittal of extensive engineering deliverables including seismic analyses and detailed quality and fabrication plans including material traceability and welding compliance examinations. Products are tested at full speed to confirm performance against calibrated standards.
|Barber-Nichols Model BNCP-66-000 LNG Vapor Return Compressor
at Sempra Energy's Energía Costa Azul LNG Terminal
Waste Heat & Geothermal Power Generation
Barber-Nichols specializes in the design and production of Waste Heat & Geothermal Power Generation Equipment. Thermodynamic Cycle Systems including Organic Ranking Cycles (ORC) and Steam Rankine Cycles are a core competency at BNI. These systems are used to turn industrial waste and geothermal heat, as low as 115 °C (240 °F), into electrical energy. Products include:
- Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Powered Turbine-Generators
- Flash Steam Powered Turbine-Generators
- Turbocompressors for the Removal of Non-Condensible Gas
- Down-Hole Geothermal Brine Pumps
- Down-Hole Gravity Fed Geothermal Turbopumps
Fuel Cell Products
Barber-Nichols designs and produces highly efficient, compact, high-speed Fuel Cell Compressors for both air and anode gas recirculation. BNI also provides small, efficient cooling pumps and turbines for fuel cell applications. These machines are customized for specific fuel cells to meet the highest attainable efficiency goals.
- Air & Anode Gas Recirculation Compressors for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells - Automotive Applications
- Air Compressors for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) - Distributed Energy Applications
- Expansion Turbines for SOFC - Marine Applications
- Cooling Pumps for PEM Fuel Cells - Manned Space Flight Applications