Insight into an Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group Site Tour
Can a one-hour walk through really determine if CHP is a fit for your building?
From a distance, the Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group site visit might not seem like the most scientific approach to determining the viability of an innovative energy solution such as modular CHP systems.
After all, what can a walk through the halls of your healthcare or assisted living facility, multi-residential complex, hotel or school tell anyone about its energy requirements and capabilities?
Many of the qualifications for CHP viability are determined before a site visit ever takes place.
Dalkia Aegis employs a “Know Before You Go” approach to CHP project development.
Knowing the value of a potential client’s time and appreciating what goes into the operation of these facilities, Dalkia Aegis has developed first-level qualification guidelines to vet potential CHP sites before ever stepping foot on the property.
That four step criteria includes:
- Over 200 beds/rooms/units in a single building
- Central boiler plant
- Building is master metered
- The facility has access to natural gas
The “Know Before You Go” approach also analyzes up to a year’s worth of energy bills for a building to allow Dalkia Aegis’ Energy Analysts the chance to model real energy usage.
So what happens on the site evaluation?
A trip to the boiler room is in order to determine its type (oil, gas, dual fuel) so the Energy Analyst can use actual outputs and efficiencies in the savings model and not get involved in guessing games.
There will be a visit to other gas-use locations on the site (laundry, rooftop units, cooking) to determine the amount of gas that is not displaceable by a CHP system. Again, with accuracy as the focus, a true reflection of the loads the CHP will service is determined with this visit.
The tour will wind up with a search for the hydronic runs, an accounting of equipment locations, and an accurate scope of work outline to avoid costly change orders down the line.
The site visit answers the questions that have arisen during the “Know Before You Go” process. It validates the assumption that the property is indeed a fit for CHP and provides valuable insight into the savings model presented by Dalkia Aegis. The process, tested over time with Dalkia Aegis’ vast client-base, assures the accuracy of the energy savings promised in the proposal.
Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group is currently offering a free audit for building owners and facility managers interested in discovering if their property is a fit for CHP. That audit includes a site visit and analysis of energy bills.
For more information, contact a Dalkia Aegis representative through aegischp.com, or by calling (877) 903-5170.