How a Cogeneration Plant Enhances System Reliability and Resiliency

August 22, 2015  |  Jamie Landers, Electrical & Controls Engineer

Cogeneration allows institutions to simplify their energy needs, burning natural gas to provide both heat and power. Some owners might wonder: what if there is a gas line disruption or a gas curtailment? Could this create a single point of failure for the entire system? In fact, the opposite is true: Combined Heat and Power can help institutions improve the resiliency of their systems and become more self-reliant in the case of catastrophes. The reliability | Read More

When to Use a Clean Steam Generator for Humidification

August 12, 2015  |  Eric Erpenbeck, Mechanical Engineering Manager

Steam generation often requires chemical injection into the steam distribution piping in order to neutralize the mild acids that occur from condensing steam.    When the steam system serves humidification loads for space air quality, Owners are forced to decide whether to directly inject steam into the air stream or isolate the chemical with a clean steam generator. Understanding Your System With the improvement of water treatment processes such as reverse osmosis units and FDA approved | Read More

Condenser Water Management: The Forgotten Side of Chiller Plant Optimization Strategies

August 8, 2015  |  Rom Smolinski, Mechanical Engineer

A chiller plant is a large, complex machine that runs at a high voltage: typically an industrial level voltage of around 480. Naturally, owners seek to optimize the chiller plant’s energy usage to the greatest degree possible. Yet many systems’ optimization strategies overlook significant opportunities to reduce power consumption. In order to understand how you can get the most energy-efficient performance out of a chiller system, it’s useful to consider how it works. How it | Read More

Why Combined Heat and Power Lowers Costs for Facilities

August 4, 2015  |  Jim Pretz, Managing Principal & CEO

How can Combined Heat and Power reduce costs for facilities like hospitals and universities? First, it’s important to match the plant to the facilities’ specific needs. A plant that fits To achieve maximum efficiency, a cogeneration plant should be designed to meet a facility’s base steam needs. For a university, you might establish this base by looking at your heating needs in the summer months, when it’s warmest outside and fewer students are on campus. | Read More

Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power in Ohio

November 17, 2014  |  Jamie Landers, Project Manager

Part 1 – Identifying Key Features for your CHP Project On October 23rd, 2014 Fosdick & Hilmer (F&H) participated in the Energy Ohio Network (EON) Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Lunch, Learn, and Do event located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  EON’s mission consists of bringing energy practitioners including citizens, businesses, academic, and not-for profit organizations together to help Ohio realize the full benefit of current and emerging energy opportunities. This mission is a | Read More