Application and System Data Requirements

Site-specific prime mover and system data required in virtually all prime mover evaluations are:

• Type of application and current supply system

• Metered or engineering estimate of loads versus time, outdoor temperature, occupancy, or production

• Reliability requirements

• Operating cost of the current supply systems

• Current on-site utility-derived system capacity, service entry characteristics, and reliability

• Site-specific conditions, such as elevation and ambient temperature ranges, that will impact the performance of individual prime movers being considered

• Planned growth of loads

• Types of fuels and fuel storage available to the site

• Field experience under continuous-duty applications of potential power generation systems, including availability, O&M costs, reliability, and compliance with environmental regulations

• Air quality regulations and the facility's existing permit parameters

• Potential siting locations and physical space and zoning limitations

• Federal, state, local, and facility design and installation codes and regulations

• Current energy supplier pricing rates and expected trends

The importance of accurate data collection cannot be overstated. High-quality baseline data is needed to ensure the feasibility of the selected approach and to ensure an accurate and comprehensive analysis of real energy and financial performance.

While field experience is the best indicator of system performance, it is not a guarantee. A broad array of factors, such as site installation design, operation and maintenance procedures, fuel quality, air contamination, and water treatment practices, can influence the success of any installation.

Three of the more important factors that must be considered when evaluating prime movers are performance ratings, environmental regulations, and operations and maintenance costs. These are discussed below.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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