SES Services Offering
Provide EV Charging site layout and design
Site Inspection, Current Usage, Human Factors, Green Technologies
Wind Power, PV Collection, Passive Solar Design, Geothermal HVAC, etc.
Streamlining Community-scale Wind Development
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), commonly referred to as an EV Charger or EV Charging Station, comes in a variety of different flavors and manufactured by a wide range of companies. The features offered today vary significantly from one charger to the next, and fluxuate widely in their price points. In addition, the layout of a charging network, whether one or many, can influence the cost and complexity of an installation.
Strategic Energy Systems (SES) consulting team specializes in the EV market and can help you navigate the complex range of choices today to determine the best solution for your parking lot/garage. In addition, SES will provide the technical knowledge to design the layout, create the wiring diagrams and oversee the project construction in the most efficient manner for your needs.
Energy Audit Solutions
Many facilities, campuses and communities rely on outdated, energy inefficient technologies and environmental systems. Whether your facility is a commercial, industrial or other type of structure, implementing efficient and modern technologies can significantly reduce the lifetime cost, as well as reducing the pollution emitted and greenhouse gases created. The payback time for many of these projects can be extremely fast (months).
The Strategic Energy Systems (SES) engineering team specializes in assessing the needs and benefits of various technology options for either new or existing construction. SES designs systems to obtain any level of LEED certification or efficiency desired through the application of detailed energy audits. SES has decades of collaborative experience developing projects using clean, sustainable and renewable energy production technologies for commercial, industrial and residential applications.
These comprehensive audits are comprised of several elements.
We conduct a thorough inspection of the building envelop, walls, ceilings, windows and doorways to assess the thermal, ventilation and moisture characteristics of the structure. We inspect building systems, mechanical components, electrical devices, and plumbing for efficiency, wear and performance. Detailed facilities inspections can include infrared surveying of exterior surfaces (heat loss), vacuum tests on doors and windows to measure infiltration, utilization of DOE-II/eQUEST modeling and human usage studies.
SES assesses the performance of systems by inspection and engineering judgment, measuring system loads, analyzing historical data and observing patterns of usage by occupants and owners. Setback procedures, time of day optimizations and equipment usage are all studied to ensure appropriate energy efficient policies are in place.
SES reviews policies, procedures and behaviors of the building owners, occupants and administrators. In many instances, adjusting behavior provides significant savings without sacrificing comfort or performance.
We assess your site for the potential of introducing renewable energy producing technologies such as harnessing solar, wind or geothermal energy.
At the conclusion of an audit, SES provides a detailed report containing an analysis of current energy usage identifying the key areas of concern, an extrapolation of likely energy costs into the future, an analysis of relevant building components and systems for energy improvements, and the processing of rebates and incentives. This includes specific recommendations for reducing waste, increasing system efficiency and achieving LEED and Green Building goals. SES provides you with a plan to achieve significant financial savings, dramatic energy reduction and a healthier environment within your facility or community.
Renewable Energy Services
Deriving energy from non-fossil fuel sources is an important step towards increasing price stability, lowering energy cost and reducing greenhouse emissions. Whether your project is large or small, the highly skilled SES team will provide winning results. SES has an extensive range of knowledge in energy production and conservation and can provide exceptional consultation and management throughout all project life cycle stages.
The installation of wind turbines to generate electricity is a clean, renewable and highly efficient investment. However, it can be complex and difficult to construct. Using the talents of highly skilled engineers, SES specializes in assessing the needs and benefits of various options and advancing the project to success. There are many facets of a project where SES will help you succeed.
In the case of small wind power installations (<10 kW), SES can help assess and implement micro-turbines that can be unobtrusive and visually homogenous to a campus or building layout while reaping the benefits of a zero-carbon energy source. Ways in which this can be achieved are to utilize the roof top, mount turbines in the parking lot or on streetlamp poles, or to make the turbine an artistic focal point in landscape.
There are many ways in which to harness solar energy and most roof tops provide a wealth of untapped solar potential. SES analyzes the solar energy available at a site to provide an accurate assessment of the financial and environmental benefits and tradeoffs of implementing one or more solar technologies.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
There is a substantial amount of heat differential residing below the surface of the ground which can be harnessed for heating and cooling building spaces. The use of this energy is called geothermal heating and cooling. There are many considerations to take into account when installing a geothermal system since there are many different types of systems, the characteristics of the ground are important, and the complexity can vary. SES analyzes the cost/benefit trade-offs of these options and works with contractors to successfully and efficiently install the best system for the site.
Cogeneration is the production of more than one useful form of energy from a single fuel source. The most typical form of local cogeneration is the production of both heat and electricity from a fuel source such as natural gas or oil. The benefit of implementing a system like this is that more efficiency and benefit is achieved from the same level of fuel use. SES has a broad based knowledge in this area.
Municipal Wastewater/Water Treatment:
A considerable percentage of a towns energy consumption can be the result of operating waste water treatment systems and public water treatment/pumping stations. SES has decades of experience designing and optimizing waste water and fresh water treatment systems and can significantly reduce energy usage through implementation of energy-saving treatment improvements, optimized scheduling and efficient treatment processes. Due to the extremely high energy consumption of these plants, the payback period for such improvements can be very short.
SES has extensive knowledge on technologies including (but not limited to) distributed power generation, fuel cell power, biodiesel processing, green roof integration, building automation and a constantly evolving array of new technologies.
Financial and Economic Factors:
With the current global emphasis on greener energy technologies, there are a wealth of economic incentives available at the national, state and local level. SES can aid in the assessment, application and pursuit of the myriad of government and utility incentives, rebates and credits. These economic factors are a critical consideration in any energy related project because they can make the difference in having an economically viable project.
Marketing and Promotion:
An important and often overlooked aspect of projects involving green-technologies is the value it can bring to the location in terms of public relations and promotion. An EV Charging station in the parking lot, an artistic turbine blade on the green space, a dramatic line of solar cells on the roof can all offer the opportunity to draw the public to your space, attract tenants and in many cases increase the value of the property. But, to properly harness the draw from these green-technologies requires some marketing, promotion and public relations. SES is well suited to assist in this manner with everything from educating the public to providing technical collateral, presentations and testemonials for press and marketing initiatives to devising clever ways to measure and display the energy improvements performed.
Streamlining Community-Scale Wind Development
Wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world with a growth rate of 30-50% over the past few years. Between 1998 and 2002 installed capacity in the United States grew from 1848 MW to 4685 MW, a compound growth rate of 26 percent, and by 2010 the US capacity had grown another than ten-fold to more than 40,000 MW. The trend in the market is towards increased turbine capacity with 1+ MW per turbine the current standard and larger turbines already available and used in planning for new development. The increase in scale and advancements in technology has decreased cost per kW capacity. Wind power is truly becoming competitive with other electrical generation methods.
The SES Wind Co-op Concept
SES assists municipalities and private entities develop distributed wind power ranging from small individual turbines to multiple utility scale systems. By locating wind turbines near facilities with significant electrical demand, SES can capture the retail value of electricity used on site and greatly improve the economic attractiveness of the installation. By simultaneously developing multiple yet independent distributed wind projects, SES will act as an aggregator and achieve economies of scale while providing each community or business with the flexibility to install systems that fit its needs. Some communities are interested in installing wind on a scale that would sell directly to the grid. These projects can be economically feasible as well. SES would work with such a community to provide different options, and develop such a project inline with community goals.
For communities or private entities that are interested in wind, yet unable or unwilling to invest in projects, SES will create and manage a separate entity to develop each specific project. One of the partners of that entity can be a cooperative or similar structure that will enable local citizens and businesses to invest in the wind system and have an active role in project development and legitimate community ownership. SES will act as the managing partner, provide a range of development services and take the lead in raising any additional funding needed for the project to succeed.
Examples of Community-Scale Wind Development
Hull, Massachusetts Vestas 660kW turbine and a 1.65MW turbine, both owned by municipal utility, with plans in the works for the installation of multiple new turbines.
Toronto, Ontario turbine, cooperatively owned. 50% by local individuals and businesses, and 50% by local utility.
One of the worlds largest offshore windfarm comprising of twenty (20) Bonus 2 MW turbines outside Copenhagen - 50% is owned by a cooperative and 50% is owned by utility