Focus On: Energy Products
Today’s Facility Manager serves as a comprehensive resource for facility product and service buyers. In this web exclusive Energy product focus, the editors present several of the latest introductions to the market. Look for a variety of product categories to be highlighted online throughout the year. These are in addition to the products you will find featured in the magazine during 2014.
LucidPipe™ by Lucid Energy
LucidPipe is an in-conduit, water-to-wire hydropower system which enables facilities to produce electricity by extracting excess head pressure from gravity-fed water pipelines and effluent streams. It can operate across a wide range of flow conditions, volumes, and velocities and uses a lift-based, vertical axis spherical turbine that fits inside 24″ to 96″ diameter water pipes, generating power as water spins through it. Several systems can be installed into a single pipeline for the potential to produce thousands of megawatt hours of zero emissions, renewable energy—a function of the rate of flow and the pressure inside the transmission pipe.
InsideIQ™ Energy Dashboard by InsideIQ™ Building Automation Alliance
The InsideIQ Energy Dashboard is a customizable tool for monitoring and reporting on energy and water use at facilities. It can be set to show real-time alongside historical and peak usage data for performance comparison. A Weather Bar with current and forecast data helps users anticipate energy use, and the dashboard can be branded with the facility operator’s name and graphic style. Staff can monitor energy and water use from their desktops in order to maintain efficient operations of the facility, or information may be displayed on monitors in public areas of a building to inform occupants of energy usage and savings.
Series 400 CHP by MTU Onsite Energy
The compact Series 400 CHP (combined heat and power) system produces 128 kWe to 358 kWe and generates combined electricity and heat from natural gas, biogas, landfill gas, or sewage gas. It can be used for applications such as hospitals and manufacturing plants and can be a solution for facilities seeking to control costs for heating, lighting, and cooling. Compared to purchased electricity, the system delivers lower life cycle costs and emissions; 90% total efficiency; reliable standby power in case of a utility outage; and a reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 50%.