Energy Conservation and Efficiency

LAN Associates environmental group initiated activities within the secondary aluminum industry in the early 1970s during the period when the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act were enacted to regulate pollution from stationary sources.

Our involvement with facilities’ environmental compliance segued into providing our clients with consulting services related to energy conservation and alternative energy specifically related to waste heat recovery and CHP for higher efficiency at their facilities. LAN’s Power Group focuses on the following energy-related topics:

  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) / Cogeneration / Trigeneration / Combined Cycle
  • Improving Efficiency
  • Lowering Emissions
  • Reducing Energy Costs
  • Cooling / Heating / Steam / HRSG
  • Backup Power
  • On-Site Power Generation
  • Heat Recovery Projects
  • Equipment Selection
  • Heat and Mass Balances
  • Engineering Studies

Our consulting in this area followed through to our long-term involvement with the ferroalloy industry, and more recently with specific state legislation that led to utilization of poultry litter for power. Currently, LAN is consulting on a chicken litter energy project and improving the efficiency of energy utilization at the ferroalloy facilities. This work has also led to studies for clients of certain alternative energy sources including biomass, wind, solar, and subsurface currents. Our engineers and scientists are well versed in the issues related to thermodynamics conversion of energy sources into electricity and for utilizing heat to obtain various metallurgical properties in the metal casting and forming industries.

LAN is currently involved in the development of a microgrid in Connecticut under the CT DEEP program.

LAN has recently consulted on a 10-megawatt power island for a secondary aluminum facility. The power island will be a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, as it will recover energy from the waste heat to generate additional electricity as well as thermal energy to heat the plant. By utilizing natural gas to generate on-site power with a cogeneration configuration, a facility can lower its energy cost while improving reliability of power supply, increasing energy efficiency, satisfying thermal requirements, selling excess power back to the grid, and helping to be green by reducing emissions. The power island both helps the facility financially and helps the environment. Our team is also knowledgeable about the regulations involved in becoming a qualifying facility – which allows a facility to sell excess power to the utility.

Let our team of engineers and scientists equip your facility with a permitted power island. Our power island services include equipment selection, site selection (greenfields, brownfields, or modifications to existing facilities), permitting, emission projections and controls, thermodynamic analysis, CHP/cogeneration, and determination of qualifying facility status.

The following link is an example Stage 1 Economic Analysis for a data center with a power demand of 5.7 MW (includes cooling). The cost of electricity in this example is $0.15/kwh and the cost of natural gas is $6.00/MMBtu. LAN’s Power Group designed a CHP plant which would satisfy the data center’s power and cooling by utilizing waste heat, ultimately cutting carbon pollution by 67%. 2-300-Stage_1_Analysis-Cooling-Recip_Only-130624

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