Reader Profile: Tony Sparks

| Like many school districts, “we only have so much money to work with and there is a lot more need,” notes Tony Sparks, CxA, LEED AP, BOC, staff project manager for HVAC systems, energy conservation and sustainability standards for Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) facilities design and construction. APS is New Mexico’s largest school district and the 31st largest in the nation. Its 142 schools plus administrative buildings span 1,200 square miles. ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   Association of Energy Engineers www.aeecenter.org  Continental Control Systems LLC www.ctlsys.com DCL America www.dcl-inc.com Easi-Set Worldwide www.precastbuildings.com Generac Power Systems Inc www.generac.com Hubbell Control Solutions www.hubbell-automation.com  Kohler Power Systems www.kohlerpowersystems.com Lochinvar www.lochinvar.com Northeast CAT Dealers www.cat.com Phoenix Products www.phoenixprods.com POWER Engineers Inc www.powereng.com/our-services/microgrids United Rentals www.ur.com Wabash Power Equipment Co. www.wabashpower.com ... READ MORE

ShowCase

| DCL Inc. With over 30 years of experience, The DCL Technology Group has been at the forefront of leading innovation with our thoughtfully designed and manufactured products. DCL handles fuel treatment, emissions, and noise controls for CHP applications of any fuel type. Our knowledge and technical expertise allows customization to fit your needs when using ... READ MORE

Connected Development

| Progress is impossible without change, and while nearly every aspect of our lives has been transformed by digital technologies, uncharted waters and opportunities still remain to transform our world for the better. Digitalization in building design and operation lags behind other industries that have readily made way for these changes, but the types of modifications needed in ... READ MORE

Ample Opportunities

| Microgrids have been gaining attention with increased frequency in recent years, and it is expected that the microgrid industry will expand quickly in the years to come. However, financing microgrids can present unique challenges due to the upfront costs of development and the overall complexity of a microgrid’s interwoven components. Nonetheless, several options exist that can help finance microgrids depending on the unique circumstances of the particular project. Additionally, when energy efficiency measures are included in a microgrid’s development, the cost savings from these measures can help to finance the upfront costs of the project. ... READ MORE

Power Quality of Microgrids

| The electric power grid provides the lifeblood of modern living. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many systems on the grid are benefitting from modernization activities, including the overall design of grids. Some amazing projects are incorporating microgrids today. There have been microgrids built for smart villages, to electrify developing regions with solar power, inverters, and batteries. There are microgrids for military and mining outposts. Campus environments have utilized their own internal generation (renewables and cogeneration) to provide emergency power to several buildings. Municipalities and utilities are implementing microgrids to provide resiliency to essential services. ... READ MORE

Retrofitting for Efficiency

| Hospitals and health centers pose a unique energy efficiency challenge due to their complexity and operating schedule. Most facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a constant flow of traffic from staff, patients, and visitors. Daily operations are filled with energy-intensive activities, from laundry to equipment sterilization, computer use to cafeteria service. Maintaining optimal building comfort at all times is also vital to patients’ health and well-being—limiting building operators’ ability to adjust lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) systems to reduce energy consumption. ... READ MORE

Access and Integration

| With an expected market growth from 44 billion in 2017 to 82 billion by 2023, the adoption rates of building automation technology are significantly increasing, while the growth of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices has extended into the buildings industry, notes Justin Lavoie, VP of Systems and Services, EcoBuildings at Schneider Electric. ... READ MORE

Managing the Microgrid

| The Department of Energy describes a microgrid as a local energy grid with control capability, able to disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously in “island mode” if conditions warrant. These small-scale versions of the centralized electrical system are designed to achieve specific load goals such as reliability, carbon emissions reduction, cost savings, or the incorporation of renewable energy sources. ... READ MORE

Betting on David Against Goliath

| Bigger is not always better. In the world of power generation, large grids that carry electricity from powerful turbines may not always be the best choice. ... READ MORE

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