MV Process

As opposed to the more commonly used one-time or periodic M&V processes, continuous M&V was cost-justified because of the newly installed, extensive EMCS, which serves multiple purposes. In addition to controlling and optimizing equipment operation, it calculates energy savings continuously and tracks equipment performance. The contractor is employing a variety of M&V methods at NVFEL. Calculations are generally performed in local controllers for each piece of equipment, summed each day, and downloaded to the front-end PC at the end of each day and added to monthly totals.

In addition to the M&V functions, the EMCS has been programmed with a number of system diagnostics. These calculations serve to monitor system performance and detect system failures, serving as an effective platform for the ongoing long-term OM&R.

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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