Resource Dynamics Corporation

Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels

The possibility of making alternative fuels more cost-effective and accessible to residential, commercial and industrial end-users is being aggressively researched. We have been at the forefront of this effort, as well as research into the technical and market feasibility for hydrogen production and infrastructure.

RDC has also  produced technology and market assessments on emerging, unconventional (opportunity) fuels including landfill gas, ethanol, digester gas, and fuels made from biomass resources.

Leading Solutions

To help our clients understand the potential costs and benefits from renewable energy sources and alternative fuels, we offer several products and services:

Evaluation of the potential for renewable energy sources and alternative fuels in end-use markets. These evaluations include identifying the best sectors (residential, commercial, industrial), geographic areas, and applications where renewable energy sources and alternative fuels make the most sense.

Strategic Planning for the renewable energy marketplace.

Technical assessments of alternative fuels including the technologies used to make them and issues involved such as carbon sequestration and refinery capacity representation.

Market assessments of alternative fuels including lifecycle costs and the potential market penetration of alternative fuel applications.

Feasibility Studies for specific renewable energy and alternative fuel projects.

Recent Accomplishments

Supported the USDOEs Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies program by generating technical scenarios for hydrogen delivery and infrastructure development.

Produced a number of studies on the projected hydrogen economy and the potential scenarios for hydrogen delivery and infrastructure.

Developed a report for EPRI which included an analysis of biofuel use for power generation.

RDC conducted a study for ORNL and DOE that identified many waste products that could be used for thermal generation, including boilers and furnaces. These “opportunity fuels” include landfill gas, anaerobic digester gas, biomass, and many others.  Technologies included conventional boilers and process heating equipment as well as advanced technology such as biomass gasification.  For each state, the study identified the key opportunity fuels, established a baseline of supply availability, evaluated the cost benefits from using these fuels to replace conventional fossil fuels, and determined the economically-achievable market potential for these applications.