INsight: New Clean Energy Division
Randall Lamb Clean Energy Solutions
Clean Energy – Electrical and thermal energy generation and consumption making as little contribution to greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions as possible.
In 2007, Randall Lamb made a strategic decision and commitment to bring “Clean Energy” into its mechanical and electrical design solutions. We developed a plan to build awareness with our client base as to the importance and necessity of considering the long range impacts of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions resulting from the operation of their facilities. Beyond energy consumption efficiency that is paramount to any project designed by Randall Lamb, a Clean Energy solution requires consideration of the greenhouse gas and air pollutant burden that comes with the sources of energy used to provide the electrical kilowatt hours and thermal BTU’s needed to operate any modern facility. Starting with the minimum energy consumption realized from a design based on the most efficient mechanical and electrical methods and systems as a base, Randall Lamb pushes the Clean Energy solution further to utilize the most efficient and low or non-greenhouse gas emitting energy sources available.
The selection and integration of these efficient and low or non-emitting energy sources requires analysis of the mechanical and electrical load characteristics. Features such as maximum to minimum demand ratios, electrical to thermal load balance, time of day, week and year usage, and adaptability to use of renewable sources all play a role in selecting the optimum solution. Typical components of these solutions will include combined heat power (CHP) gas-fired reciprocating engines or turbines, CHP fuel cells, solar thermal and/or photovoltaic, recovered methane (local or remote), and wind.
It is becoming increasingly important to consider Clean Energy in any facility design for the following reasons:
Environmental Responsibility – Global warming and air pollution and their potentially harmful effects are now recognized and confirmed by virtually every scientific and research institution in this country and in the world. Being an active participant in your community to slow this change is expected of every business, institution, and organization. Clean Energy is a key component to reducing these harmful effects.
Regulatory Compliance – Local, state and federal laws exist and are continuing to be developed to limit greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. These laws both encourage and require compliance with ever-decreasing emission levels. Rights to develop will be permitted for complying facilities and denied to non-complying facilities.
Economical – The cost benefit of Clean Energy will be significant and realized by those facilities that limit their emissions of greenhouse gas and air pollutants. Whether it is by a “Cap and Trade” system using free market trading of carbon credits, or an “Energy Tax”, inefficient consumption and sourcing of energy will be costly. Using electrical utility grid power generated at 35% efficiency will carry a greater carbon cost burden than CHP generated power at 70% efficiency. Using renewable sources with no greenhouse gas or air pollutant emission will generate carbon and air pollution credits of significant value. Using non-combustion technologies will generate air pollution credits of significant value.