Richard Costello

Track C: Alternative and Renewable Energy
Wed/PM 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Acela Energy Group, Inc.
United States
Generate On-Site Power with a Line Generator- Amazing DER Technology

A linear generator is an electromechanical device that directly converts motion along a straight line into electricity using chemical or thermal energy. A state-of-the-art linear generator uses a low temperature reaction of air and fuel to drive magnets through copper coils to efficiently produce electricity. With incorporation of adaptive control software, a linear generator can reach high efficiency levels, near-zero nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, full dispatchability, and seamless switching between fuels.

Because of its use of a low temperature, non-combustion reaction, state-of-the-art linear generators such as those offered by Mainspring can meet the strictest emissions standards in the US, allowing for fast, streamlined permitting. Fuel flexibility, dispatchability, and low costs are three of the primary differentiators between this new class of advanced linear generators and other DER solutions. The design leads to high efficiency and low emissions with the added ability to dynamically switch between renewable fuels such as biogas and hydrogen or non-renewable fuels such as natural gas and propane. Full dispatchability, or the ability to turn on/off and ramp up and down on command, allows linear generators to serve fluctuating energy demand profiles. This makes it easy for the technology to be paired with onsite solar PV or battery storage to firm intermittency, add resiliency, and enable rapid growth in renewable energy while accelerating adoption of renewable fuels.

Richard Costello is the President of Acela Energy Group, an energy consulting group specializing in energy procurement, load management, as well as, energy efficiency training, auditing, and on-site wind & solar generation projects. Rich has extensive experience in the fields of load management, utility services, energy conservation, as well as power, natural gas, and tariff related negotiations and agreements. Mr. Costello is also President of Acela Thermal Energy (ATE), a Refrigeration and HVAC energy service division of Acela Energy Group specializing in mechanical & thermal energy conservation measures as well as implementation of Ecopilot AI on building HVAC Control Systems. ATE provides energy services to Commercial, Governmental, Retail, Institutional, and Industrial Customers, as well as ESCO’s and Utilities across the country. Rich is a registered Professional Engineer and was previously the Power Supply Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as well as a Senior Engineer in the Load Management Department of Boston Edison (Eversource). He holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Costello also conducts the following Energy Certification Courses nationwide for the Association of Energy Engineers: CEM, CEA, BEP, & CEP. Rich was the International President of the Association for the Year 2000 and received the 2003 Energy Professional of the Year Award from the organization. In 2006, Richard was inducted into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame.

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