Combined Heat and strength – A Consideration for character Owners and Land…

Combined Heat and strength – A Consideration for character Owners and Land…

As every character manager and landlord faces the mounting pressures of rising electricity rates and an increasingly unreliable transmission and dispensing system, we need to ensure that our clients – the tenants – have access to both affordable supplies of strength and reliable and resilient strength. Simply put that they have access to the strength and heat they need when they need it.

In many situations our infrastructure is built upon a boiler based system for heat and connections to the electrical grid (with potentially a back-up generator) for strength. however this approach, as standard as it is, can be greatly improved by the exploration of a combined heat and strength (CHP) infrastructure. CHP plants produce electricity and useful heat from one shared fuel source – resulting in a highly efficient way of generating strength for your installation ‘behind’ the connection to the electrical dispensing system.

There are many types of technologies that could be utilized (reciprocating engine, gas turbine, micro turbine and fuel cell) that a character owner can analyze in order to reduce their operating costs and provided valuable strength continuity in the case of an outage. With that said, we tend to favour micro turbines for most installations under 1 MW in size. At this size the micro turbine is really an appliance and is modular in character. A typical unit is the size of a large refrigerator and has one moving part (which operates on air bearings). This method that is can easily be moved to a mechanical room and not take up a meaningful amount of ‘rentable’ space. With noise production at less than conversation level, the maintenance on this kind of equipment is minimal. No longer will you need expensive maintenance contracts involving oil disposal and parts substitute. You will not have to worry about testing your backup generator every month. The micro turbine is designed to run complete time – reducing your reliance upon electricity from the grid in addition as providing a thermal source that can be utilized for hot water or space heating. In the case of an emergency, the load in your building can be prioritized to ensure your basic roles keep active.

This technology is not new. CHP has been active in the marketplace for well over 25 years. What is new is the pressure the spark spread (difference between electrical rates and gas prices) in placing on the average building owner. Add to this the possible for incentives by the CDM (Conservation, need Management) funds of up to 40% and suddenly this technology might be much more viable. There are many companies out there that can perform the initial examination at no charge in order to determine if you have a financial case for exploring CHP.

If you are looking at replacing boilers or are investigating the addition/substitute of your back up generator, you should take the time to analyze whether a CHP solution would work for you.

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