FVB Energy can help building developers evaluate district energy, combined heat and power (CHP) and other technologies for providing electricity, heating and cooling to major new projects or existing developments. Some of the benefits of these technologies include:
- Improved power supply reliability
- Improved power quality
- Lower construction cost
- More rental space resulting from elimination of individual heating and cooling equipment
- More comfort and convenience for tenants
- Increased security and safety
- Improved esthetics, with more freedom for architects who don’t need to provide for stacks and cooling towers
Some building developers have also indicated interest in creating long-term utility-type revenue streams by providing heating, cooling and electricity services to their developments and surrounding buildings. FVB Energy can help assess these business opportunities.
An increasing number of industrial and commercial buildings have “mission-critical” energy requirements. For example, facilities that are packed with computers or telecommunications switching equipment must have highly reliable electrical service and cooling, and high power quality. Health research labs or biotechnology facilities have highly valuable animals or materials for which the proper climate must be maintained. The cost of downtime in some industrial facilities is extremely high.
The combination of district energy systems, combined heat and power (CHP) or other on-site power generation, and thermal energy storage can significantly boost energy supply reliability.