Aegis “Lunch and Learn” event showcases Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as option for New York City’s push for cleaner energy.
After a recent meeting with Aegis Energy, EDF Group’ cogeneration experts, representatives of the New York City Clean Heat Initiative spoke about the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, like Aegis’ PowerSync, to facilitate the city’s mandated transition to cleaner energy options.
NYC Clean Heat is a program that seeks to improve air quality and save lives by eliminating heavy oil use and accelerating the adoption of the cleanest fuels. The program provides resources to building owners, managers, and residents, and works with organizations that can help buildings make the switch.
Ken Camilleri of NYC Clean Heat was present at a recent Aegis Energy, EDF Group “Lunch and Learn” event.
“We thought it was a success because it allowed the Clean Heat team to look at another option to speak to for those buildings that can’t get gas for the boilers but could potentially get gas for the smaller cogen units,” Camilleri said. “This option offers the buildings the opportunity to save all around from where they are today, to save on the hot water, electricity, and heating more efficiently by burning a cleaner fuel.”
In April 2011, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued regulations that require buildings to convert from heavy forms of heating oil to lighter, cleaner fuels, a process that began in July 2012. The mission of NYC Clean Heat is to encourage and assist buildings in converting to the cleanest available fuels.
NYC Clean Heat’s goal is to achieve a 50 percent reduction in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions by the end of 2013 as a result of the conversions from heavy fuel oils. By NYC Clean Heat estimates, achieving this goal will result in 120 lives saved each year and prevent hundreds of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Aegis Energy, EDF Group has developed technology and expertise that are conducive to achieving the goals of the New York Clean Heat initiative.
Aegis’ PowerSync is a Combined Heat and Power module that delivers two forms of energy, heat and electricity, from a single fuel source (natural gas). The high efficiency systems significantly reduce energy costs and harmful emissions, as recognized by the EPA. Additionally, the Aegen PowerSync system adds black start capability in the event of a power failure, while also operating 24/7 throughout the year, delivering continual energy savings.
In the case of a central power grid failure, PowerSync will continue to operate, delivering heat and electricity. However, during that emergency, the system will automatically switch its electrical output to the load priorities pre-selected by the building manager, thereby keeping those functions up and running during the grid blackout.
Unlike standby generators, which are idle most of the time while taking up vital capital and space resources, the PowerSync is continuously providing energy savings and efficiency while adding the security of black start- capable, standby power.
The PowerSync addresses both the fuel conversion issues and more urgently, the need for reliable standby power. This second need has become more pressing in the last several years, when powerful storms have disrupted the central power grid, causing thousands to live without electricity for days.
For those buildings unable to finance a CHP system, Aegis Energy, EDF Group offers a Shared Savings program, whereby it installs and operates the system, at no cost to the building. The resulting savings are shared between Aegis and the host site. This innovative financing strategy is aligned with the New York City Clean Heat Initiative’s goal of assisting buildings with the financing of heating oil conversions.
As a representative of the City of New York, NYC Clean Heat can’t endorse a specific technology or company, but may make suggestions to property owners and managers.
“Our goal is to educate those decision makers so they can make the proper choices,” said Camilleri. “I think this is a great idea for a building burning heavy fuel to begin to move towards regulation and start saving money on their energy bills.”