An article written by ENER-G Rudox President Ryan Goodman is prominently featured in the March/April 2013 edition of Mission Critical Magazine, one of the premier industry publications for Data Centers and Mission Critical facilities world-wide. The article focuses on the impact that trigeneration is having in the community. Read the article here.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
St Peter’s University
Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey recently partnered with ENER-G Rudox $6.3 million energy services contract that is currently reducing annual energy related costs by ~30% setting the standard for green energy performance in education by cutting 6.4 million lbs (2,886 metric tonnes) per year of carbon emissions.
ENER-G partnered with a number of local contractors and consultants on the nine month program, which was completed in June 2012.
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
A £5 million energy efficiency programme has been switched on at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and is expected to save £688,000 a year, reducing carbon emissions and boosting resources for patient care.
The combined heat and power (CHP) scheme delivered by ENER-G enables the hospital to generate its own electricity in a purpose designed Energy Centre, cutting emissions of CO2 by 5,600 tonnes per year – the equivalent of a forest of 560,000 trees – as well as reducing other harmful greenhouse gases such as Sulphur Dioxide.
Birmingham Heartlands is a major general hospital managed by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Bordesley Green, East Birmingham. At the heart of the scheme is a new, aesthetically designed Energy Centre located near the hospital’s landmark main entrance. The new Energy Centre, which was installed by ENER-G Combined Power, replaced ageing coal fired boilers which had served the Trust well for many years.
The new system comprises a state-of-the-art gas fired ‘trigeneration’ system that creates electricity, steam or hot water for the winter heating and chilled water for use in the air conditioning systems during the warmer summer months. Improving the chilled water system has allowed cool air to reach parts of the hospital that were not previously serviced, increasing comfort for patients as well as hospital staff.
“We were attracted to this new system as not only will it save money and conserve resources, but it also complies with government targets to cut down carbon emissions and damaging greenhouse gas.”
Said Geoff Fox, Facilities Manager of Estates at The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.
The £5 million programme, financed by ENER-G was structured around the principles of a Public Private Partnership contract, and included a £403,000 grant from the Carbon Trust under the Government’s Community Energy Programme. ENER-G provides the trust with a guaranteed level of performance for the system over a 15 year period.
ENER-G installed and maintains the purpose-built Energy Centre that houses a highly efficient combined heat and power system (CHP) plus other plant including steam raising boilers and an absorption cooling system.
The CHP system generates electricity and recovers the majority of the heat created in the process. In conventional power stations this heat is simply wasted into the atmosphere through power station cooling towers, much energy is also lost along the many miles of electrical distribution cables needed to bring the power to site.
Instead, by using CHP to generate electricity on site the heat is used to provide heating, steam and hot water for the hospital in the winter, and, via the absorption cooling system, to also provide chilled water for air conditioning in the summer months.
The new Energy Centre accommodates an 1,165 kilowatt CHP unit that uses an MTU gas engine. Chosen due to its compact and efficient design, this is capable of producing steam and is connected to the hospital’s main heating system. This unit is also connected to a 300 kilowatt absorption chiller to produce chilled water from waste heat in the warmer months.
This means the existing electrically powered chillers will run much less frequently during the summer and that spare cooling capacity can be used to provide air conditioning to areas of the hospital which had not previously benefited from this.
Work has also been carried out to upgrade lighting with 1800 high efficiency, low energy fittings, which also further reduce emissions and energy costs.
CHP powers major savings at sustainable new museum
Four CHP units have been installed to provide efficient generation at the largest newly-built national museum in the UK for more than a hundred years.
The prestigious £72 million Museum of Liverpool has installed an advanced combined heat and power (CHP) system, guaranteeing annual energy savings of more than £500,000.
The “trigeneration” technology, which creates highly efficient heat, electricity and cooling, will also reduce carbon emissions by 884 tonnes each year – equivalent to the environmental benefit of taking 295 cars off the road.
ENER-G was commissioned by National Museums Liverpool (NML) to design and install the new CHP system at the Mann Island site – part of the famous Pier Head at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool”s famous waterfront. The installation was completed ahead of the museum”s opening in July 2011. ENER-G will also operate and maintain the plant for 17 years.
The CHP system is split between a plant room in the new building and the historic Great Western Railway (GWR) Goods Shed on Liverpool”s picturesque waterfront. ENER-G is converting the Goods Shed into a state-of-the-art energy centre with sophisticated remote monitoring and diagnostic facilities.
ENER-G has designed and manufactured two 385kWe bio-diesel CHP units, two 768kWe natural gas CHP systems and installed two 850kWe boilers, an 1000kWe absorption chiller and a 998kWe conventional compression chiller which will serve all the new museum”s energy needs.
Challenges faced by ENER-G included preserving the GWR building exterior in line with planning conditions as the site is part of a protected view and designing the energy centre to operate independently of the utility electrical supply.
The CHP system generates electricity and recovers the majority of the heat created in the process. In conventional power stations this heat is simply wasted into the atmosphere through power station cooling towers, much energy is also lost along the many miles of electrical distribution cables needed to bring the power to site. Instead, by using CHP to generate electricity on site the heat is used to provide heating and hot water for the museum in the winter, and air conditioning and chilled water via the absorption cooling system in the summer months. The utility grid supply will provide additional back up, if required.
The GWR Building housing the CHP plant will also become an educational resource in its own right with a small visitor facility where groups can gain an understanding of the technology and its contribution to the museum”s sustainability.
The complex energy facilities project, which was funded by the Co-operative bank was awarded the Combined Heat and Power Association”s Innovation Award for 2009 is helping NML boost both its cost and carbon performance.
The museum has been designed to replace the former Museum of Liverpool Life. It provides 8,000 square metres of public space across three floors and demonstrates Liverpool”s unique contribution to the world. It showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues.
ENER-G Rudox Cuts Ribbon at St. Peters University
ENER-G Rudox management, led by ENER-G founder and chairman Tim Scott, ENER-G Rudox CEO Chris Hayton, and ENER-G Rudox President Ryan Goodman took part in a ribbon cutting at St. Peters University in Jersey City, NJ celebrating the institution’s new clean energy capabilities.
You can read more about the project here: St Peters University
Greater NY Data Center Summit
Ryan Goodman, President of Cogeneration for ENER-G Rudox, participated in a discussion on Energy Efficient Design and Development at CRE’s Second Annual Greater New York Data Center Summit on February 27 in New York, NY. The panel addressed both supply-side and demand-side efficiency best practices, and included representatives from IBM, Deutsche Bank, and Digital Reality Trust.
For more information on the CRE Data Center Summit, please click here.
ENER-G Rudox to speak at TDC Summit
ENER-G Rudox Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Vishnu Barran, will join leaders from tri-state area utility companies at the first annual Transportation Diversity Council Summit on Thursday, March 21st in New York City.
Mr. Barran is a LEED certified member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and has over 18 years of experience in the power generation industry.
Read more about the summit here: