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.
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 was originally formed as Summa Energy Solutions by my co-founder Christopher Atkins. Like most business ideas, Summa was born out of necessity. At the time Chris was working as a controls operator at the University of Utah.
Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the term used to identify the process of understanding the savings achieved by an Energy Conservation Measure (ECM). There are many facets to a proper M&V, and I would like to take you through some of them and illustrate how Vitality Energy can help with your M&V.
We often hear references to "retro-commissioning," and if you're like many people, you've probably wondered what it means and how it might benefit your organization.
Salt Lake Community College, (SLCC) is one of the largest community colleges in the country for total student enrolled. Beginning in 2014 Summa Energy began working with SLCC to fully implement an energy metering system throughout all of their campuses.
Understanding your utility costs, and the different ways you spend money in energy consumption, are essential parts of our daily lives. The way we interact with our energy is entirely informed by our knowledge of it. Reducing your Energy consumption, by using it more intelligently, will directly reduce its costs, thereby saving you money, and giving you the opportunity to spend your money on other more important aspects of your business. The following are just a few, but major, ways in which your energy consumption costs you money each and every month.
The University of Utah ("U") has taken and implemented many measures to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their overall carbon footprint in the world.
In the first four parts of this series, we've spent a lot of time discussing system design, implementation, and commissioning. With these things completed, you are now capable of streaming a lot of raw data from meters to a server. No one, however, wants to wade through a lot of raw data - even if they could understand what they are looking at.