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M&I Electric, FlexGen partner on hybrid generator technology

American Electric TechnologiesM&I Electric business has signed a strategic partnership with FlexGen Power Systems for their hybrid generator for the oil and gas market. The FlexGen Solid State Generator (SSG) can pair with any diesel, dual fuel or natural gas generator set to significantly improve power performance and reliability while reducing fuel consumption, maintenance and emissions, the companies said during a news conference at OTC on 6 May in Houston. “We believe the solid state generator is going to be on every single land rig in the world in the next few years,” FlexGen Power Systems CEO Josh Prueher said. “The technology is that good.”

Under the partnership, M&I will sell, deploy and service the FlexGen SSG into key energy markets, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As part of the strategic alliance, the companies will partner to build a fully integrated FlexGen SSG into a drive house. By integrating the FlexGen SSG, drilling contractors and operators will see lower capital costs, faster drilling speeds, along with greater reliability and efficiency.

The FlexGen SSG has been proven to:

  • Reduce drill time through improved transient/block load response;
  • Virtually eliminate blackouts;
  • 15-25% reduction in fuel consumption;
  • 35-45% reduction in maintenance costs;
  • Eliminate need for third genset;
  • Reduce emissions;
  • Reduce capital costs by decreasing the size and number of gensets and alternators required to support load demand; and
  • One-day commissioning.

“The FlexGen Solid State Generator is a game-changer for the oil and gas industry. By increasing power performance and reliability while also reducing fuel costs, maintenance and emissions, the FlexGen Solid State Generator is a product every driller and operator needs on their drilling site,” Charles Dauber, AETI President and CEO, said.

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