Synchronous Combined Heat and Power: Daily Energy Savings and Standby Power
They are referred to as peak weather events; heat waves, hurricanes, major flooding, and other weather-related disasters that come with a particular season.
In the Northeast, the potential for at least one of those events, heat waves, is imminent with the calendar now turning to summer. As the Northeast continues to struggle with a trend of stronger and more frequent “peak weather events,” officials are looking more and more toward Combined Heat and Power, or CHP solutions.
CHP systems like the Dalkia Aegis’ PowerSync deliver 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.
However, that dual benefit is only part of the value. Combined Heat and Power systems like the PowerSync provide the added benefit of reducing reliance on the grid and in situations where a “peak weather event” is occurring, reducing stress on the grid.
In the case of a central power grid failure, PowerSync, with its black start capability, will continue to operate, delivering heat and electricity. 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 daily energy savings and efficiency while adding the security of black start- capable, standby power.
In the state of New York, Governor Cuomo is using CHP, or Combined Heat and Power, as a weapon in that state’s energy arsenal as the heat wave season arrives. Cuomo has announced $40 million of funding for new CHP systems that generate on-site energy to protect commercial, industrial, health care, institutional and multi-family facilities across New York State from weather-related power disruptions.
That initiative follows the high profile demonstration last October of the standby power capabilities of CHP, protecting several buildings in New York State when Hurricane Sandy caused widespread power cuts.
In a recent statement, Cuomo was clear in his assessment that CHP has a role in keeping New York safe.
“CHP technology is a clean energy, common-sense solution that keeps the lights on and systems running during emergencies,” he said. “It is important that we invest in the installation of these kinds of power systems across the state to fortify our infrastructure against severe weather to maintain essential services and business productivity, and most of all, protect New Yorkers.”
As the temperature begins to rise, so does the value of a Combined Heat and Power system. Along with a cost-savings and emissions reduction, a CHP system can help preserve the local power infrastructure in the event of a severe weather-induced crisis. When a peak weather event knocks out an entire area, those buildings that already operate their own CHP systems stand a much better chance of staying in business.
Experts predict stronger and more frequent storms to the Northeast. Independence from the grid during outages offers peace of mind for building owners and their residents. With Dalkia Aegis’ PowerSync they have both daily energy savings and standby power in the event of a power failure.