FAQ

FAQ’s

What is Combined Heat & Power or 'CHP'?

Combined Heat and Power (or CHP) is the efficient simultaneous production of electricity and hot water using natural gas to reduce your energy costs. This technology is also known as cogeneration.

Does CHP replace my existing boiler system?

Combined Heat and Power works in conjunction with your existing boilers, and in most cases extends their life.

How much can I save with Cogeneration?

The higher the electric rate the more you can save with a Combined Heat and Power system. Typical paybacks range from 2.5 – 4.5 years.

How long do Cogeneration systems last?

All of our CHP systems have an infinite life cycle with our comprehensive maintenance program. Cogeneration units we installed in the Mid 1980’s are still operational today, and continue to deliver savings to our clients.

How do I get started with CHP?

Talk to a representative and schedule a free evaluation of your property.

Call us today: 413-536-1156 (or toll free: 877-903-5170) and ask to speak to the sales department!

What are some typical applications for Cogeneration?

  • Apartments, Co-ops, and Condominiums
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Senior Housing
  • Colleges and Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Athletic Clubs
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Commercial Laundry Facilities

Why Cogeneration or CHP?

Cogeneration or CHP is widely accepted throughout the world as the highly efficient simultaneous production of heat and power, using one fuel input – natural gas.

What are the benefits of CHP?

  • Lower energy costs
  • Excellent payback on investment
  • Highly efficient
  • Best defense against rising electricity prices
  • Reduced carbon emissions

Why install a CHP system?

CHP systems are typically installed to provide thermal supply with electricity as an ancillary output providing economic benefit to overall electricity purchase (or vice versa).

WHY SELECT AEGIS ENERGY?

If you are making a large capital investment in Cogeneration, you should work with an established organization with a successful local track record. Aegis has been successfully providing Combined Heat and Power solutions for our customers for many years. Our success is due to:

1. Effective Interface Design. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to design the most optimal Cogeneration interface with the building systems so you get the most out of the equipment and maximize energy savings. Our engineers have over 100 years of combined experience designing these interfaces.

2. Demonstrable Maintenance Service Record. We maintain and operate all the systems we install. Every Aegis site is saving money. Because we are cyberlinked to the system we can often troubleshoot and fix problems right away without a service call in the event of a problem. However, if a site visit is necessary, our technicians provide same day/next day service and are on call for weekend emergency service. To maximize your savings choose a company with a proven track record maintaining the specific type of cogeneration system recommended for your building.

3. Quantifiable Maintenance Plan Plus. Aegis Energy’s bumper-to-bumper maintenance package covers all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, parts and labor at a single rate based on system run hours — one cost for all the work. Our comprehensive plan has no hidden costs. As part of our service, our analysts will review your energy bills and quantify your energy savings from Cogeneration.

4. Made in the USA. All of our Cogeneration equipment is made in the USA. We inventory parts so that replacements are immediately available as needed.

How long has Aegis Energy Services been in business?

We’ve been in business since 1985.

What year did Aegis Energy Services install its first Cogeneration system?

Aegis Energy Services installed its first Cogeneration system in 1985 and it continues to be in operation today, saving its clients money.

How many Cogeneration systems have clients purchased from Aegis?

Over 400 Combined Heat and Power units have been purchased from Aegis Energy Services.

What services are provided by Aegis' in-house staff?

Along with the design and development of these innovative Combined Heat and Power systems, Aegis Energy Services is responsible for the complete integration of that system in your facility. The Aegis team handles everything from feasibility studies to engineering, installation, service monitoring and maintenance.

For Aegis clients, this means not having to deal with multiple outside vendors. Aegis is accountable for every part, every process, and every projection.

For the staff at Aegis Energy Services, True Vertical Integration is a point of pride.

Where is the Cogeneration module manufactured?

All of Aegis’ Cogeneration modules are manufactured in Holyoke, MA – Made in USA!

What is the background of Cogeneration?

Cogeneration has been widely accepted and used for almost 100 years. Large industrial customers produced power and heat on a decentralized basis in the early 1900s because electrical distribution systems were not readily available and electricity from utilities was very expensive. As utilities expanded their distribution systems, fewer industrial customers used Cogeneration. However, because of low natural gas prices in the 1980s, CHP became a very attractive alternative to nuclear and conventional power plant construction and grew at a rapid rate. Today, we have 6-7 times more electricity generated by CHP than in 1980.

Who else utilizes Combined Heat and Power technology?

In the past, industries such as petroleum refining, paper, and chemical have been major applications for this technology. Over the last 20 years, many commercial buildings (nursing homes, hospitals, colleges, hotels, etc.) have found CHP to be a financially attractive option for their operations.

Why are conventional power plants not efficient?

Conventional power plants burn fossil fuel to produce steam. The pressure of the steam is then used to drive a turbine to create electricity. This process is inefficient — only one-third of the fossil fuel is converted to electricity; two-thirds of the fuel goes up the smokestack and into the harbors as heat. Further inefficiencies (transmission and distribution losses) occur to deliver the electricity to your business. CHP is 2-3 times more efficient than conventional power plants. CHP uses the heat in the form of hot water or steam normally wasted in power plants for building comfort space heating, domestic hot water heating, pool and spa heating, absorption cooling, and industrial processes. In addition, since power is produced right where it is needed, Cogeneration systems do not suffer transmission and distribution losses associated with electric utilities.

Is CHP environmentally friendly?

One of the benefits of CHP systems is that they are more environmentally friendly than conventional power plants. There are two reasons for this. First, since CHP systems are very efficient, they produce more useful energy and send less energy into the atmosphere versus conventional power plants for the same amount of fossil fuel burned. Second, because they are usually located near populated areas, they tend to have more stringent environmental conditions placed on them than conventional power plants. Installing a CHP system will result in energy savings and reduction of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.