Advanced Technologies: Creating Natural Resources Opportunities; Reducing GHG Emissions; Fostering Energy Interdependence; While Expanding Employment Opportunities [05/18/2014]


  • Segment ‘1’: Robert van Laer Hartwell, President, Hartwell Capitol Consulting.
  • Segment ‘2’: Dr. Leo D. Eskin, President and Chief Operating Officer, LPP Combustion, LLC and Robert van Laer Hartwell, President, Hartwell Capitol Consulting.
  • Segment ‘3’: Wes Livingston, PE, President, MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing.
  • Segment ‘4’: Panel discussion among Wes Livingston (By Skype)*.
  • Dr. Leo D. Eskin and Robert van Laer Hartwel


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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’:  Robert van Laer Hartwell, President, Hartwell Capitol Consulting (In Studio)
  • Segment ‘2’:  Dr. Leo D. Eskin, President and Chief Operating Officer, LPP Combustion, LLC and Robert van Laer Hartwell, President, Hartwell Capitol Consulting, (In Studio)
  • Segment ‘3’:  Wes Livingston, PE, President, MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing, (By Skype)
  • Segment ‘4’:  Panel discussion among Wes Livingston (By Skype)*, Dr. Leo D. Eskin and Robert van Laer Hartwell (In Studio), with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV, (In-Studio); with Special Guest Robert van Laer Hartwell, President, Hartwell Capitol Consulting (Skype Back-Up) (In-Studio)

Robert van Laer Hartwell is President of Hartwell Capitol Consulting LLC. “Rob” Hartwell is a native of Alexandria Virginia, a former Congressional Chief of Staff, and he now runs an international business development and lobbying firm specializing in emerging technologies in energy, health care, the environment, security and national defense. He also served as a Virginia Commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

Rob is involved in multiple projects dealing with green energy, clean water and environmental protection. His company operates globally and specializes in funding, marketing and taking disruptive technologies into the marketplace and federal government, utilizing over 30 consultants in most lines of business with experience in every government agency and most nations around the world. During his 30 years in Washington DC he has obtained over $21 billion in funding or provisions in the Congress and private sector.

Hartwell Capitol Consulting was founded in 2001 to work with business and government to find solutions to pressing problems. The company specializes in finding funding for new or start up technologies, business development, and marketing here and abroad, with both federal and state lobbying on issues of critical national and international projects. Consultants include, but not limited to: Hon. Richard T. Schulze (former Member of Congress), RADM (Ret.) James J. Carey, Hon. Tom Hall, RADM USN (Ret.), Dr. William S. Rees, Jr., former Principal Deputy to Los Alamos National Laboratory, George Hyatt, Col. Lynne Schneider USAR Ret., Beth Lavach-Sapp, Dr. Chris Lapp, Capt. Charles Sills USN Ret., Col. Vance Renfroe USAF Ret., Jim Stanley, Daniela Drescher (office in Germany), former Washington Redskin Mike Bragg, Rafael Lopez, Jeff Wiebell, David J. Sykes (office in London), Isabelle de Montagu, Capt. Thu Stubbs, USA (Ret.) and Dain Roose-Snyder.

Dr. Leo Eskin is the President and Chief Operating Officer of LPP Combustion, LLC. His background is in mechanical, electrical, and nuclear engineering. He has over thirty years of experience in the design and optimization of electrical power plants and other complex energy systems.

LPP Combustion has developed a patented technology to produce clean energy from conventional, renewable, and alternative liquid fuels. The LPP solution enables biodiesel or diesel fuel, ethanol, natural gas condensates, fracking gas with entrained liquids, and other opportunity liquid fuels to be burned using conventional natural gas-fired combustion turbines (“gas turbines”) with the same low emissions as natural gas combustion. This typically represents a reduction of pollutant emissions by 75% or more. All competing technologies have focused on modifying the combustion hardware to solve liquid fuel combustion problems. The LPP solution successfully solves these problems by changing the nature of liquid fuels to create a substitute natural gas, which can be burned, without water addition or modification to the gas turbine, to provide clean, environmentally friendly electric power.

The LPP Combustion technology has been demonstrated over a range of combustion systems and burners including combustion hardware used in 7 MW class gas turbine systems. A 30 KW Capstone gas turbine has been operated for over 1500 hours using fourteen different liquid fuels in Columbia, Maryland USA. In addition to reducing pollution, the LPP System offers operators substantial, cost benefits in the course of normal operations. Furthermore, the LPP Technology affords the cleanest use of renewable fuels by producing “green” power from gas turbine operation on biodiesel or ethanol with no “net” greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions.

Wes Livingston, PE, is President of MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing. MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing provide low temperature refrigeration systems to cool and condense heavy hydrocarbons such as propane and butane from associated gas flows at oil wells. This technology recovers the most valuable components of associated natural gas and stores these on-site as pressurized liquids so these can be picked up by truck and delivered to processing facilities. This eliminates the wasteful burning of such gases and creates significant additional revenue for crude oil and natural gas exploration and extraction companies.

Associated gas is a lower value byproduct of oil extraction and is often flared on site by oil producers instead of investing in equipment and personnel to capture and transport the gasses. MicroLNG and KiloTherm, only focuses on these gases and provides services at no cost to the operator, simply sharing, in the new revenue generated by the sale of the natural gas liquids. Associated gas is flared in remote locations where collection pipelines do not yet exist or may not ever be built due to economics. KiloTherm’s system is designed to operate unattended in harsh, remote locations, and recover the most valuable portion of the gas that is economically viable. The remaining low value gas is used as fuel to produce electricity on site and can be further processed into CNG or LNG for vehicle fuel at a cost far below diesel, thus saving more money and reducing emissions such as SOx and NOx by over seventy percent [70%].

Both MicroLNG and Kilotherm have a wealth of experience in the LNG field which ensures expertise when it comes to the Small-scale LNG product processing. The Small-scale LNG plant is a natural gas liquefaction plant producing in the range of 50-450 k/gallons per day of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both companies design the process, supplies the equipment, and maintains the system through dedicated service agreements. The companies also select the best machines to optimize overall plant efficiency in real terms. All the main process units are modularized and supplied skid-mounted, thereby minimizing on-site activities.

The philosophy of both companies believes a good deal is a win/win/win for both parties and the environment. It strives to create maximum value from well producers’ associated gas. This includes maximum recovery of NGLs and selling these for the maximum price. Sometimes, the best price requires shipment by rail or truck to other parts of the country. The companies will do that. Additionally, power production on-site can save the operator as much as the NGL revenue produces. This offers both NGL recovery and elimination of highly polluting and much more expensive operation of diesel generators.

MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing only earns revenues when power and NGL’s are produced. The companies’ leadership is very concerned about keeping the proven equipment operating. Only highest quality components are used to design and build to customers exacting specifications. Such equipment is built to take the abuse found in the harsh oil field environments. A basic goal of MicroLNG and KiloTherm Natural Gas Processing are to kill flares as fast as possible with rapid deployment. Large flares should not exist! MicroLNG and Kilotherm are deploying NGL recovery systems for flare sites. The companies can produce revenue, slash GHG emissions, while protecting the earth’s soil, air, and water.

As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now
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May 18, 2014