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Double Win with Microturbines' A Case Study

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in CHP, Microturbine

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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.

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What is Cogeneration, or CHP?

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 8, 2017 2:15:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Consumption, energy conservation, Virtual Energy Manager

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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.

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Microturbine Case Study - Horizon Power Systems & 99% Runtime

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in CHP, Microturbine

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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


February 2015


Central gathering facility


Wellhead natural gas


8 65kW Capstone microturbines

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Kudos to the Builders and Makers!

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 4, 2017 8:41:30 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in Measurement & Verification, US Economy, Labor

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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.

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Absorption Chillers: The Basics

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 1:10:37 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in cogen, HVAC, chillers, efficiency

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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. 

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How to Implement an Energy Management System

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 24, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in energy management

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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. 

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Solar's Missing Muscle.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 10:59:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Quality, Reactive Energy, Power Bills, Solar, Alternative Power, Power Generation

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Robust Power.

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.

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Energy Data Made Easy

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 11, 2017 11:09:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Bills, Energy Analytics, Vitality, Energy Monitoring Systems, energy management

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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.

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What you need to know before you hire an ESCO.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 10, 2017 10:42:00 AM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Analytics, ECMs, ESCO

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What is an ESCO?

An ESCO, is an Energy Service Company.

Energy saving is an extremely hot topic in today’s world. Be it for saving money or for saving the planet, the desire to save energy is forefront in the minds of people all over the planet. An ESCO attempts to provide you with strategies and tools to help you meet whatever your energy saving goals are. There are many advantages to having an ESCO perform this type of work, but there are also disadvantages. We will go over a few of each in this post, to give you an understanding of both some pros and some cons.

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Virtual Energy Manager A White Paper

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in energy management, Virtual Energy Manager

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Have you ever wondered about your energy consumption? Why is it so high? Why am I paying what I am paying? How do I reduce my energy consumption? What impact does my energy consumption have on the world around me? These, and many more, are all questions you have asked if you are the one paying the bills and worrying about reducing costs. As we continue to progress and develop more technologies to make our lives better and more efficient, energy needs and more importantly costs, will continue to rise. Many companies do not have the time or resources to address these issues. The reality is, energy has high costs associated with it, but you need to consume energy, there is no way around it. To add to the confusion, many people are trying to sell you some device or system that fixes whatever energy problems they have determined you have. Which of your options are the most productive and useful for your facility, with the best ROI, ranging from an LED lighting retrofit to a Solar System installation, knowing where to start can be a daunting, if not impossible task to take on.

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