Case study: a pioneering partnership in CHP
- Type of Site: Military Facility
- Equipment: Two 10KW CP10WN CHP units
A.J. Ballard is an energy pioneer. As the Energy Manager for the Maine Army National Guard (MEARNG), he’s helped steer and advocate for the Army’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system installations for several years. In this case study, we look at how Aegis Energy designed a CHP system that delivered reliable backup power for the Northern Maine Readiness Center (NMRC).
CHP systems save energy and cut carbon emissions by reusing the heat that is produced during electricity. The heat can be used for space heating, cooling, hot water and steam. A previous CHP system by Aegis Energy, EDF Group that Ballard had installed at the MEARNG’s Aviation Support Facility in Bangor, Maine, had powerful results:
- A 30% cut in MEARNG’s energy consumption.
- A savings of $60,000 in heating and electric costs.
- An Energy Star CHP Award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
A Propane-Powered Solution
So when it was time to break ground on the new Northern Maine Readiness Center (NMRC) in Presque Isle, Maine, Ballard turned again to Aegis for a CHP solution. The NMRC will support the goals and needs of the Maine Army National Guard 185th Engineer Support Company (ESC), and Ballard had firsthand knowledge of how a CHP system could help.
“This is a wonderful machine,” Ballard said. “Aegis’ CHP system produces electricity we don’t have to pay for, and heat we don’t have to pay for.”
Designed to meet LEED standards, the 45,000-square-foot facility provides versatile military program spaces for training, administration, locker rooms and vehicle maintenance. Because of the NMRC’s location, natural gas was not available to power the CHP. Fortunately, Aegis had a solution—propane-powered CHP units.
As part of a comprehensive energy solution, Aegis designed and installed two 10KW CP10WN units. The propane-powered CHP system was specifically designed to provide back-up power to the facility’s administrative offices. In addition to its energy-saving benefits, CHP also provides independence from aging power grids during power outages and severe weather (of which northern Maine has plenty).
“We’re proud to be a partner with the MEARNG, said Dan Burke, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aegis Energy. “The CHP systems that we’ve designed for them are now used as models and case studies by the Army to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at other military installations.”
An Evolving Partnership for Steady Results
Ballard was impressed with Aegis’ level of service and responsiveness. “Every time we called, they were there, quickly. And above all, the CHP system just works.” In fact, Ballard and the MEARNG were so satisfied with their results and experience with Aegis that they’ve signed on for two additional CHP systems at the NMRC.
Aegis Energy has designed and installed over 1,000 CHP systems nationwide. What’s important to you and your facility? What are your goals?
- Reduce energy consumption
- Cut carbon emissions
- Boost cost savings
CHP systems can meet these goals. At Aegis, we work closely with our clients to assess the specific requirements of your facility, and the CHP solution that will deliver the best results. Contact us today and start with a free energy analysis and comprehensive plan.