When you think of cleaner energy, do you immediately think solar, or wind power? That is to be expected, due to the recent clean energy boom in modern society, and how reliant it is on solar and wind. But have you ever wondered if more options exist? Horizon Power Systems have some answers, and have implemented these answers in various locations.
Today we continue our research into the benefits of providing power through microturbine generation with a case study provided by Horizon Power Systems of a natural gas fueled microturbine at one of their customers Tundra Oil and Gas in Manitoba Canada.
Cogeneration(Combined Heat and Power or CHP) is the generation of electricity and other energy jointly, especially the utilization of the steam left over from electricity generation to produce heat. Cogeneration is a great way to increase the efficiency of your energy usage. For example a Microturbine-Powered CHP application can increase energy efficiency from 28% to 80% plus. Cogeneration is a great way to improve your energy efficiency and save money.
Vitality Energy is pleased to continue it's research into technologies that help companies and organizations reduce energy cost and improve operational efficiency. This post is the first post of a series of case studies into the power of Microturbine technology.
Eight C65 microturbines power collection facility
Southwestern United States
Central gathering facility
Wellhead natural gas
8 65kW Capstone microturbines
The nature of labor in our world is constantly changing but one thing remains constant - without laborers, we would have no highways, trains, planes or automobiles, electronic devices, buildings, furniture, food, clothing, computer software, tv programming, health care, and the list goes on and on. Everything we have to improve our quality of life, comes from the labor of hard-working and intelligent people.
Vapor Compressor vs. Absorption
Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the basic concept of vapor compressor refrigeration. This process is typically used in refrigerators and freezers, and room and building air conditioning units. A refrigerant gas is compressed and pumped through a condenser circuit where it condenses into a liquid and releases heat in the process. The condenser generally consists of a set of coils that allow for efficient heat transfer aided by a fan that helps carry the heat away into the surrounding air. In larger commercial systems, the heat might be carried away through a water cooling system.
Implementation of an Energy Management System is essentail if you truly wish to reduce your energy consumption and save money. Without an Energy Management System, you are just throwing darts in the dark, hoping one lands close. Without intimate knowledge and understanding, any project you undertake to reduce energy consumption can result in huge costs with no ROI.
There is a form of “robustness” inherent in AC power generated by rotating electro-magnetic fields (spinning generators). Those magnetic fields are a form of very short-term power storage that can fluctuate in reaction to changing loads. This is one form of reactive power or VAR (Volts-Amps-Reactive). VAR provides a level of stability to the power and adds a component of muscle to the power which enhances its transportability across distances.
Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in data. This can be discouraging but there has been great progress recently in tools to help with this data.
When it comes to energy data, your bills can be a great source, but how do you make that data useful? And what if the bills don't tell you everything you want to know? This article discusses the challenges and offers some great advice.