The global trend to power industrial operations using local fuel sources continues, rather than relying so heavily on electrical power from large, centralized generating plants. Using a local fuel source has come to be termed “distributed generation”, implying that electrical power is generated locally and then used to power the relevant on-site industrial processes. This paper presents an alternative to distributed generation, where prime movers, powered by a local fuel source, are coupled directly to the equipment of the industrial processes using Infinitely Variable Transmissions (IVTs). The argument is advanced that direct drive, where the load is managed by an IVT, has the potential to be more efficient than many current distributed generation systems. The characteristics of an IVT designed by VeriTran Inc. are given, and the effort to demonstrate the advantages of IVT controlled direct drive in the petroleum production industry is discussed.

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