Standby Power Doesn’t Have to be a Dead Asset

The Aegen PowerSync, developed by Aegis Energy Services, Inc., steps into the spotlight after recent storms.

Appearing at a Connecticut casino just days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the region, comedian Robin Williams announced “this show is brought to you by Connecticut Light & Power….it could be over any minute now.”

While the remark may have been a cheap shot at CL&P and all the power crews that were dispersed in the region to address the storm aftermath, it raised a valid question about our reliance on “the grid,” that expansive network of electricity distribution those crews were trying to fix.

With super storms like Sandy becoming more and more prevalent in the Northeast (2011’s October snow storm and Tropical Storm Irene, for example), the grid, our distribution source for electricity, is becoming increasingly prone to failure.

According to an article published on, a recent U.S. Energy Department report concluded that between 2000 and 2009, the reliability of the national electric system declined by 2 percent a year. In fact, Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal is calling for a national inquiry into the reliability of our electric supply.

In business for more than a quarter century, Aegis Energy Services has become a recognized green energy innovator by addressing energy issues like the ones presented by recent Northeast storms.

Aegis Energy is well known its Combined Heat and Power module (known as CHP or cogeneration) that delivers two forms of power (heat and electricity) from a single fuel source. The high efficiency system results in significant energy cost reduction as well as EPA-recognized reduction in emissions. Now, the Aegen PowerSync system adds black start capability, operating 24/7 throughout the year and delivering continual energy savings.

 In the case of a central power grid failure, PowerSync will continue to operate, delivering Combined Heat and Power from a natural gas fuel source. However, during that emergency it will automatically switch its electrical output to the load priorities pre-selected by the facilities or building management.

Unlike standby generators, which are idle the majority of the time while taking up vital capital and space resources, the PowerSync is continuously providing energy savings and efficiency while adding the security of black start- capable, standby power

PowerSync’s features and benefits include 24/7 remote monitoring of the system by Aegis service technicians so there is never any question as to whether or not that vital standby power will be available when it is most needed.

 Across the nation, cities and towns are working off a power grid that was built during the construction boom of the 60s and 70s. That means some of the infrastructure is nearly 50 years old. Everything from substation transformers to power poles are aging faster than they can be replaced.

There are real, human consequences to the failure of having reliable standby power. At the height of the Hurricane Sandy aftermath 620,000 Connecticut residents were without power. Nursing homes, residential treatment centers, hospitals, and homeless shelters are on that list.

Aegis Energy Services commitment to continued research and development in the field of cogeneration is creating viable solutions to real problems for hundreds of facilities throughout the Northeast. The PowerSync system was adapted specifically for black-start capability and standby power reliability as a response to the declining condition of “the grid.”

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