NTE Energy patents biomass hybrid renewable energy technology

St. Augustine, Fla., April 30, 2012 — NTE Energy is pleased to announce it has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its proprietary biomass hybrid renewable energy technology.

This technology allows the simultaneous operation of a biomass energy cycle in concert with a traditional power plant. Patent number US 8,161,724 was issued on April 24, 2012.

NTE Energy will use this technology in the development, construction and operation of new hybrid renewable power generation facilities located throughout the U.S., including projects under development in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. As an alternative, NTE Energy will license the technology to other parties, including independently owned hybrid renewable energy facilities.

NTE Energy's patented hybrid technology integrates biomass and conventional steam electric generating technologies into a single efficient hybrid renewable power generation facility.

The addition of hybrid technology to an existing generation facility provides substantial capital cost savings over stand-alone biomass facilities through the use of a shared steam turbine and other common major equipment and systems.

The technology can be integrated into the design of new combined cycle plants or retrofit onto almost any existing power plant that has excess steam turbine capacity including those combined-cycle plants employing duct burners.

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