Aegis’ CHP systems working on low pressure gas connection to help save energy and reduce pollution
Installing a Combined Heat and Power system might not require a high pressure connection
For building owners looking to utilize Combined Heat and Power to save energy costs and help reduce pollution, the thought has always been that there was a need for a high pressure natural gas connection.
“We talk to facilities every day that think that their building can’t run a CHP system because they don’t have high pressure natural gas,” said Dale Desmarais of Aegis Energy, EDF Group. “For some, that may not be the case.”
Aegis Energy, EDF Group is hoping to educate those building owners and facility managers that CHP may be worth a second look.
“We want those building owners to know that many facilities that cannot get access to high pressure natural gas do, in fact, have access to low pressure cooking gas,” said Desmarais. “Aegis produces one of the only lines of CHP systems that will operate on as little as 6 to 10 inches of pressure at the machine.”
Desmarais cited examples in New York City where the passing of the deadline (July 1, 2015) to ban the use of No. 6 fuel oil has left many owners scrambling to figure out their next energy step.
In 2011 New York City set new regulations to ban the heaviest heating oils – No. 4 and No. 6 – that significantly contribute to air pollution. According to a 2014 article in the New York Times, many of the buildings complied by switching to No. 4 oil, which will be permitted for another 15 years (the entire PlaNYC program runs through 2015).
Some have made the switch to the preferred No. 2 oil or natural gas.
Con Edison has been tasked with the infrastructure demands. However, its plan to expand its natural gas network is not scheduled to be completed until 2019.
While that might seem as an impediment to compliance for some, Aegis might be able to offer a low pressure solution for those who can’t get high pressure gas to their boilers.
“A building that is burning oil because they can’t convert their boilers can still take advantage of CHP technology and their boilers may only fire when called upon for peak loads,” said Desmarais. “This will extend the life of their boiler and significantly reduce their carbon footprint, not to mention their energy bill.”
For more information on Aegis Energy, EDF Group and to inquire about a free audit to verify if your building is a fit for CHP, contact and Aegis representative through aegischp.com.