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LED Solutions for Energy Efficiency
Eco BCG® has become a market leader in LED lighting projects in Latin America with more than 40 cities with completed projects to-date in Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile. Eco BCG® is the most experienced company in Latin America in the full replacement of Municipal public street LED lightning.
Eco BCG® Installed LED Solutions in Mexico:
Cuetzalan Ocampo Paraiso
San Pedro Amuzgos Cuatemaco
Santiago de Anaya Tututepec
Palenque La Unión
NSIDC REDUCES COOLING COSTS; STAYS TRUE TO MISSION
LOCATION: Boulder, Colorado
PROPERTY TYPE: Data Center
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1700
RESULTS: 85-97% reduction in energy use, Free cooling in shoulder season, Drop in PUE from 2 to 1.09, Saves $35,000 a year in cooling
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) studies “cryosphere”—areas of the planet that consist of snow and ice. Since the center began studying the cryosphere in 1976, it has witnessed a dramatic decrease in frozen surfaces, which can be directly attributed to global warming. David Gallaher, Manager of IT Services at the NSIDC says the irony of operating the data center is that the equipment it was using to study global warming was actually contributing to the problem.
The NSIDC used a significant amount of energy to run and cool its IT equipment. Of its 77,000 sq foot building, the data center accounts for just 2% of that space, yet used over a third of the power. What’s more, over half of the 100 kilowatts used to run the data center went to cooling. So, when the center needed to upgrade its cooling system, it looked for a more energy-efficient option. That option involved installing eight Coolerado M50 air conditioners inside the data center. An air-handling unit positioned on the roof brings in outside air, which is then cooled by the Coolerado air conditioners. Unlike most air conditioners that only cool recycled indoor air, the Coolerado units run fresh outdoor air through air filters and then a heat and mass exchanger (HMX). This process delivers cool air using one-tenth of the energy of traditional air conditioners
“We’ve reduced our energy use by as much as 97%. In terms of strict dollars and cents, that’s a payout of less than three years. More importantly, this technology is allowing us to fulfill our mission. You can’t put a price on that.” said Gallaher.
LALA reduces cooling costs by as much as $400,000 per year
CUSTOMER: Grupo LALA (http://www.grupolala.com/en/)
LOCATION: Irapuato, Mexico
PROPERTY TYPE: Dairy products manufacturing facility
RESULTS: 90% reduction in energy use, 1.4 years investment pay back, USD$439,990 in electricity savings/year, improved humidity control and IAQ
LALA is the premier Mexican dairy company founded in 1950. It operates 41 production plants and more than 200 distribution centers across US, Mexico and Central America. When the company needed a more efficient and effective way to cool its manufacturing campus in Irapuato, Mexico, it turned to Coolerado.
Logan Regional Hospital saves 78% in energy costs
CUSTOMER: Logan Regional Hospital
LOCATION: Logan, Utah
PROPERTY TYPE: Surgical room
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,000 ft2
RESULTS: 78% reduction in energy use, improved ventilation, 1.43 years pay back, USD$226,490 savings in cooling costs
Logan Regional Hospital was looking for a more efficient way to cool and ventilate its surgical room, which required a constant changeover of fresh and filtered air. Coolerado helped the hospital meet its strict ventilation requirements and provide a return on investment that was a breath of fresh air.
Like all hospitals, Logan is required to change over the air in its surgical room at least 25 times an hour to help eliminate infection. And, while keeping the air clean and fresh is beneficial to patients, it can be tough on an organization’s cooling bill. In terms of efficiency, it can be a lot like running your air conditioner with the windows open.
WHOLE FOODS NATIONAL ROLLOUT SEES EARLY ENERGY SAVINGS OF 42% WITH CATALYST
CUSTOMER: Whole Foods
LOCATION: North America
PROPERTY TYPE: Supermarkets
Whole Foods is the world’s leader in natural and organic foods. With more than 438 stores in North America and the United Kingdom, Whole Foods also leads the charge for energy conservation which has earned them numerous the EPA Green Power Partner of the Year awards.
After evaluating the effectiveness of the CATALYST as part of a research study performed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the Department of Energy, Whole Foods was ready to install it in all of their supermarkets across North America.
The CATALYST is being applied to rooftop packaged units (RTUs) across stores in each of Whole Foods’ North American regions. Whole Foods utilizes a combination of both the full CATALYST and CATALYST Lite applications as well as the eIQ Platform for building automation control and performance.
With 1,181 rooftop units installed with CATALYST technology to-date, the results have shown an astounding annual savings of over 15,246 MWh across the sites that have been installed. This equates to a 42% reduction in overall energy cost and consumption for Whole Foods
“The significant energy savings and quality installation process are just two of the reasons we selected CATALYST and Transformative Wave as our partner for RTU retrofits across the United States and Canada.” – Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods Global Maintenance & Refrigeration Coordinator
San Diego State University’s Aztec Aquaplex, San Diego, California
CUSTOMER: San Diego State University’s Aztec Aquaplex
LOCATION: San Diego, California
PROPERTY TYPE: Aquatic facility
COOLING CAPACITY: 10 tons
Built in 2006, the Aztec Aquaplex is one of the newest recreational facilities in the complex. The facility has a lobby, two conference rooms, office space, restroom/shower facilities, laundry room and boiler and pump room. The total building footprint is 7,100 ft2.
The facility’s HVAC operates around 90 hours a week. Space heating and cooling for the lobby and office space is provided by an 8-ton, rooftop packaged system with an air-side economizer. The conference rooms are served by a 2- ton, mini-split heat pump system. The facility does not have a building automation management system.
The SDSU unit was diagnosed with a malfunctioning outdoor air temperature sensor. The sensor problem was rectified with a CATALYST unit and savings estimates are based on the months of operation.
Oxford Hotel Silver Bullet water treatment system
Customer: Oxford Hotel
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
PROPERTY TYPE: Hotel
RESULTS: Water usage savings of 19%, between 8-9 cycles of concentration,, energy consumption savings of 20%, no rate of corrosion, previous scaling dissolved and no new scaling buildup
Located in Denver, Colorado, the Oxford Hotel is the city’s oldest hotel, built in 1891. The Oxford hotel replaced its traditional chemical water treatment system with the Silver Bullet water treatment system in April of 2011. The goal of the installation was to use Silver Bullet to ensure that the hotel’s cooling tower water remained safe and clean without the further use of harsh, toxic chemicals.
On average, the cooling tower is saving 19% water due to increasing cycles of concentration from 3-4 cycles to 8-9 cycles, combined with an average of 10-20% total energy savings due to a cleaner, more efficient system. Moreover, the hotel’s insurance provider is considering lowering its insurance rates due to the elimination of handling and storing toxic chemicals. Chillers and condensers are significantly cleaner and require no annual cleanings. The system has eliminated scaling, and also removes calcium and turns it into solids making it easy to remove and discard.
Michael Michna, chief building engineer, Oxford Hotel.
Engineers at three other hotels within the same hotel group — JW Marriot, Courtyard Downtown Denver, and Gateway Marriot — have decided to install the Silver Bullet after the success at the Oxford Hotel.
Texas panhandle grow yard water experiment
LOCATION: Texas, US
PROPERTY TYPE: Cattle farm
SIZE: 469 heads of cattle
RESULTS: Difference in revenue of USD$9,000, difference in net profit of USD$4,877, increase in total price USD $20.82/head, increase in price USD$0.1892/head/day, cost of Silver Bullet USD$0.0046/head/day
Raising healthy, productive feedlot cattle is a challenge for any producer. One of the most important elements in raising healthy feedlot cattle is clean water. Using the best quality of water available can contribute to optimal health and greater return on the investment made when purchasing the cattle. To prove this hypothesis, a 110-day trial was conducted with water treated with the Silver Bullet Water Treatment system. The study examined the health, overall weight gain and production of the livestock after the cattle consumed water treated with Silver Bullet.
The study included 469 heifer head of cattle that were at risk for high mortality and morbidity. After being purchased from the same point of origin and transported to the grow yard, the heifers were randomly sorted off trucks, and alternately put into two groups and then into holding pens. The heifers in both groups received the same processing procedures throughout the trial – vaccinations, feed rations, growth environments and the number of days on feed were identical. The only variable between the two groups was the water they received. The control group received unrestricted access to untreated water; the other group received unrestricted access to water treated by the Silver Bullet water treatment system.
The outcome of the study reflected an increase in overall weight of the cattle, increased food consumption and an increase in total price received per head of USD$20.82 for the cattle treated with Silver Bullet water – at an average cost of 0.0046 cents per head.
Municipal authority of Westmorland County, Pennsylvania
CUSTOMER: Municipal Authority of Westmorland County
LOCATION: Westmorland County, Pennsylvania
PROPERTY TYPE: Public water distribution entity
FLOW RATE: 6.5MGD
RESULTS: Electricity generation of 250 MWh, savings of USD$40,000/year
The Municipal Authority of Westmorland County (MAWC) is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to comply with a continuous discharge mandate. The minimum flow rate from Beaver Run to Beaver Run Creek must be 6.5 million gallons a day (MGD). With a rising cost of electricity and removal of rate caps, the MAWC was faced with the challenge of meeting the discharge requirement while non-invasively recovering energy for behind-the- meter use. Rentricity used existing pump and turbine technology to create a unique energy recovery system to fit MAWC’s needs.
Rentricity installed a new underground vault to house a 30kW turbine generator and a bypass line to accommodate the mandated 6.5MGD release in the event that the turbine generator goes offline. In normal operation mode, the turbine generator operates continuously. For added convenience, a control panel in the pump house allows for local or remote startup. The system is recovering energy for MAWC that was previously lost. The system is estimated to be producing over 250MWh per year. This will save approximately USD$40,000 for MAWC. Electricity costs make up one-third of their production.
City of Keene, New Hampshire
CUSTOMER: City of Keene’s water treatment facility
LOCATION: Keene, New Hampshire
PROPERTY TYPE: Water treatment facility
RESULTS: Facility fully powered by generated electricity, additional revenues from excess power uploaded to the grid
The City of Keene, New Hampshire’s water treatment facility (WTF) system consists of a gravity fed system inclusive of a strainer and a pressure reduction valve (PRV). In its original set-up, the City’s WTF treated raw water passing through three filter trains, each of which was controlled by PRVs. The valves reduced pressure from the gravity fed line descending from the raw water storage reservoir. Heat energy released into the environment was a side effect of the system. The City of Keene was determined to recover this source of energy. The City wished to maintain the existing system’s functionality as well as have the option to utilize the generated power behind the meter or sell excess to the local grid.
In April 2011, Rentricity installed two new turbine generators in parallel to the existing PRVs inside the City’s WTF. The two systems can either be used in tandem, at separate times, or shut off altogether. The energy recovery systems do not adversely affect the normal operations of the treatment facility. The recovery system adds value in the form of clean, reliable electricity from the inflow of water. The City of Keene’s WTF is fully powered by the electricity generated from Rentricity’s twin turbine generator system. It is also equipped to export excess power into the local grid. This is the first WTF of its kind in the world and sets a new standard for a smart and sustainable water system.
North Carolina’s largest bioenergy plant powered by pigs – Sustainable Brands
CUSTOMER: Storms Hog Farm
LOCATION: Bladenboro, North Carolina
PROPERTY TYPE: Factory farm
SIZE: 30,000 hogs
RESULTS: 600kW of installed capacity
North Carolina’s largest swine waste-to-energy system, Storms Hog Power is generating enough clean renewable electricity to the local utility to offset the electricity consumption of almost one-third of the homes in the area.
Manure collected daily from the nearly 30,000 hogs is biologically decomposed in an oxygen-free, 1.2-million gallon reinforced concrete vessel. The bacteria in the digester metabolically breaks down the waste and generates biogas, while destroying nearly all of the pathogens and odor. The biogas is combusted in an engine/generator, sending enough clean renewable electricity to the local utility to offset the electricity consumption of nearly 300 (of roughly 1,000) average-size homes in the area.
“Dairy finds a way to let cows power trucks” – The New York Times
CUSTOMER: Fair Oaks Farms
LOCATION: Indiana, US
PROPERTY TYPE: Dairy farm
SIZE: 30,000 cows
RESULTS: electricity generated to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop, a maze of child-friendly exhibits including a 4D movie theater, and 42 tractor-trailers
For years, Fair Oaks Farms has used livestock waste to create enough natural gas to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop and a maze of child-friendly exhibits about the world of dairy, including a movie theater, by only using about half of the five million pounds of cow manure produced. The rest was burned.
The farm is now turning the extra manure into fuel for its delivery trucks, powering 42 tractor-trailers that make daily runs to raw milk processing plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Officials from the federal Department of Energy called the endeavor a “pacesetter” for the dairy industry, and said it was the largest natural gas fleet using agricultural waste to drive this nation’s roads.
“As long as we keep milking cows, we never run out of gas,” – Gary Corbett, chief executive of Fair Oaks “We are one user, and we’re taking two million gallons of diesel off the highway each year. That’s a big deal.”
Coca Cola FEMSA uses VAF Filtration Systems
Coca-Cola FEMSA is a Mexican multinational beverage company. They are the largest franchise Coca-Cola bottler in the world with nearly $10 Billion in 2015 revenues.
FEMSA places a high priority in diminishing their environmental impact. They continuously look to optimize water consumption in their production processes so to return to nature the same amount of water they use to prepare drinks.
Problem: At their Valencia Venezuela plant, engineers were losing their recovery water filtered for the production process. Their sand filter technology to recycle and reuse that water stream was inefficient – constantly clogging with fines, flocs and lime, requiring unacceptable maintenance, and recycling only 50% of the discharged water.
Solution: Eco BCG advised FEMSA with the design and installation of a dual filter, automatic cleaning process for the discharged stream. The micron filter was far more effective in removing suspended solids; the second filter further cleansed the water so that 95% of the backwash water is now recycled and reused in the production plant, returning usable water at a flow rate of 88 gallons per minute.
Sabormex uses VAF Filtration Systems in México
Sabormex manufactures and is a global exporter of diversified food and beverage products. Based in Mexico since 1964 they manufacture and export under a variety of well-established brands from coffee to fruit to sauces.
Sabormex places a high corporate priority on water recovery and minimizing wastewater treatment and overall consumption.
Problem: Too much of their water used in production of jalepeños and beans was being sent to their wastewater treatment plant and that water had too high a concentration of organic and suspended solids. Not only were they not capturing water for reuse, but also adding unnecessary stress and maintenance on the wastewater plant. This problem is only increased as they increase food production from higher demand.
Solution: Eco BCG collaborated with their plant engineers and operations personnel to design and install a micron filter, pump and Turbulator agitation nozzles to recirculate the water a number of times per day in order to clean the water better and recycle the water without draining all of it to the wastewater plant. Sabormex is now more effectively recycling cleaner water, reducing organic discharge and reducing overall consumpti