John Seryak, MS, P.E. is founder and CEO of Go Sustainable Energy in Columbus, OH. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UD, a Department of Energy (DOE) Pumping Systems Energy Expert, and an instructor for three Building Operator Certification courses. He is a board member of Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, and has served on the conference organizing committees for the Manufacturer’s Education Council for several years, and for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many energy-efficient or certified buildings are not living up to the label? Very, very many, if this Ohio commissioning/auditing firm’s experience is close to typical. They report on common weaknesses in efficiency strategies and on real-life patterns of upgrades gone wrong across an array of equipment types. While flaws in well-intentioned processes remain, a more careful investment of human energy can still yield the desired reduction in building energy.
A few circumstances in a data center make it ripe for a CHP design to boost efficiency. Let’s get into the options within both relevant chiller types, why payback may be shorter than expected, and the assorted potential benefits from lower costs to higher reliability. Some tips from an array of manufacturers’ reps round out this useful investigation.