Alternative Energy

Implementation of alternative energy systems to supplement utility provided power is moving into the mainstream for organizations worldwide.  In the U.S., organizations such as LEEDS, SEPA and others have acted as catalysts to help organizations analyze, design, install and support the implementation of best practices in the incorporation of energy efficiency concepts and designs into existing and new structures. 

 

IT Infrastructure, which is a part of DSI's, core business, is a major consumer of electricity and environmental control for organizations.  Together with its strategic partners and vendors, DSI provides energy efficent technologies ranging from the IT components (GPON among them) to building integrated or add-on power generation and power back up systems to help its clients minimize their costs and maximize the return on their IT Infrastructure investments.

 

To assure that is clients have reliable and cost effective sources of energy, DSI provides alternative energy generation systems.  In the area of power generation,  DSI offers power backup systems to ensure ongoing operation of its client IT services during power outages.  These systems are designed to supplement utility generated power and to lower cost. 

 

DSI's power generation systems are comprised of wind turbine and solar power generation systems that are designed to lower the costs of energy to businesses and to provide an option for extended run time for backup systems for client IT operations.

 

Wind Energy Generation:

 

DSI's wind energy systems are premise based on-site generation systems that utilize a patented and unique vertical axle wind turbine that both generates power and can act as an attic vent, providing dual functionality.  Unlike traditional wind turbines which rely on propeller blade technology, DSI's wind turbine systems has the following advantages over traditional propeller based systems:

 

  • Lower noise:  Propeller systems generate a significant amount of noise, increasing noice pollution where they are installed.
  • Lower cost:  Unlike propeller based technologies, the vertical vent technology used by DSI require significantly lower BOS (balance of system) investment and the installed systems are much more attractive architecturally.
  • Less environmental hazard:  Propeller based systems pose a high degree of danger and risk for birds and are cited as significant causes of bird deaths.  The DSI wind turbines do not use propeller technology, avoiding he risks and providing a bird safe generation system.
  • Highly scalable:  DSI wind systems are compact indesign and can be nested to provide a scalable generation capability.  This unique combination ensures that clients have the flexibility to implement systems specifically designed to accommodate their needs.
  • Flexible acquisition programs:  DSI offers a variety of programs to fit the investment goals and requirements of its clients.

Solar Energy Generation Systems:

 

Although solar energy systems typically require longer payback, these systems are characterized by long life cycles and a passive energy generation capability that offers extremely high reliability and low operating costs.  Furthermore, the reduction of the cost per watt for solar panels coupled with improved designs for BOS components and introduction of building integrated solutions make solar more and more attractive as a method of generating power.

 

Combined solar/wind systems offer an excellent combination of offerings to provide power since wind typically blows more at night and solar is optimized for daylight.  Incorporating alternative energy into initial building design is the ideal approach, but retrofitting installations to introduce these power solutinos provide users with viable and cost effective methods of supplementing utility generated power as a way to reduct cost.

 

Premise based power generation is intrinsically more efficient than alternatives such as utility generated power from centrally generated power that uses power transmission and distribution networks that lose 30-50% of the power in the delivery process.  This inefficiency, coupled with the cost of transmission and distribution networks, drives up the cost of delivered energy to the consumers.  In addition, utilities have to have available power generation transmission and distribution capable of supporting peak load which are needed only 25% of the time, and providing the peak load power is expensive relative to off-peak power since generation facilities that provide this power are typically off-line during non-peak periods, increasing the increasing the generated cost per watt for this capacity.  Alternatively, utilities often purchase power during peak periods from distant power generation providers, typically losing up to 50% of geneated power during transmission and distribution to the end user.  Implementation fo premised based alternative power generation system is an effective method of helping consumers and utilities reduce cost.

 

In addition, it is widely publicized that the power grid in the United States is in need of significant investment in order to assure reliable delivery of services in the future.  Another way to look at this is to say that, in the foreseeable future, utilitis are going to have to make significant investments in their infrastructure and these costs will be passed through to the consumer.  The good news is that Congress has passed laws that allow consumers to generate their own power, and in some cases, sell excess power back to the utilities.  The decoupling of the power utility monopolies offer significant opportunities to consumers to reduce their cost for power while also increasing the reliability.  In addition, new net metering laws require that utilities allow for attachment of premise based power generation to the utility provided power grid, opening up the opportunity for companies to look at alternatives for the first time. 

 

For an analysis of how DSI can help your organization reduce its energy cost and provide effective back up systems for your facilities, please contact our office by calling 907-276-2444 or emailing servicedesk@dsi-ak.com

 

 

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