Cogeneration involves the recovery of otherwise-wasted thermal energy to produce useful thermal energy or electricity. Off-grid neighborhoods, small towns and businesses can harness a combination of renewable energy, household composting, wastewater management agricultural and industrial waste-to-resource systems to generate surplus energy that enable self-reliant and resilient neighborhoods.
Communities benefit from new, scalable and mobile technologies that are personalized to meet the unique requirements to achieve a closed loop system utilizing available local resources. Biogas can be used in cogeneration systems for production of heat to be used on site and other requirements. This technology can treat waste from agricultural farms, livestock farms and milk factories as well as produce green energy that can be sold.
District Energy Networks utilize any combination of fossil, recuperative and renewable fuels to create energy and heat that is then distributed from a central system via a pipeline system to business, institutional and private users resulting in functional, economic and ecological advantages Video
Financing Alternatives Traditional banking and leasing options are available along with federal, state and local assistance. Also, build, operate and transfer – bot – programs that reduce upfront investment costs.
Energy Management for Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings
Load Types there are three major loads in commercial buildings: HVAC, lighting and plug loads. Electricity use by HVAC equipment accounts for 30 percent of total electricity consumption, lighting loads use 38 percent and plug loads 6 percent.
Cost and Interoperability BAS systems need to become much more interoperable, scalable, and easy to deploy by utilizing open architectures, plug-and-play and providing local or remote monitoring. Most systems currently use proprietary architectures requiring building owners and controls designers to purchase devices and controllers from a single vendor instead of optimal products, controls, and services from different vendors.
A turn-key solution that reduces installation and maintenance costs. In addition, it is a scalable and broadly interoperable solution with seamless HVAC, lighting, plug load equipment and controller integration from different manufacturers, hence plug-and-play functionality for the many system configurations found in smaller commercial architectures.
Benefits the system provides small-sized commercial building owners access to flexible, cost-effective building energy management that streamlines operations and optimizes energy usage. Also, the greater interconnection between building systems and a centralized control structure facilitates demand response, providing additional savings and better integration with the electric power grid.