D&B provides a broad range of services in energy engineering. Energy engineering projects are supported by our electrical, mechanical, structural, architectural, environmental and construction management disciplines.
A complete package including:
- Site Evaluation
- Economic Analysis
- Life-Cycle Cost
- System Application
- Construction Management
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Combined heat and power projects can attain energy efficiencies of 85% or more. The CHP plant produces electric or thermal power as primary output. The secondary power is used as a low grade heat source in the case of thermal power, while the secondary electric power is either net-metered or used within the facility as premium power. CHP plant ratings can vary from a few Kilowatts to several Megawatts. Typical applications include efficient use of digester gas, biogas and natural gas. Schools, hospitals, apartment complexes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants can derive substantial cost savings in their operating budgets with a CHP plant installation.
D&B offers professional engineering services required in the design of renewable energy projects including solar photovoltaic systems. Specialized services are available including detailed design packages for grid tie-in, relay coordination, islanding mitigation and fault closing schemes as mandated by the utilities. Design services are also provided in other areas of renewable energy, including waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, producer gas and landfill gas.
Alternative Energy Services
D&B offers complete compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station design and construction management services. CNG station fueling capacities range from a few vehicles in the slow-fill mode to several hundred buses in fast-fill mode. Our services also include a project economics evaluation of life-cycle cost, permitting and grant writing.
Alternative energy, such as natural gas, provides several benefits over traditional diesel, gasoline and coal derived energy. Benefits include lower emissions and cost savings as well as reliability of supply. Natural gas, within the past decade, has emerged as a dominant energy source, replacing coal for utility scale power generation. Compressed natural gas is widely replacing diesel in urban transportation bus and truck fleets.
Distributed Generation (DG)
Distributed generation, also known as co-generation when synchronized with the utility, can provide substantial benefits to a facility and its Owner. Benefits include low cost power production, reduction or elimination of demand charges, reliability, and possible compensation from the utility as a standby power source. Distributed generation, when configured as combined heat and power (CHP) or as combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP), can result in substantial savings. D&B, as a trusted adviser, offers detailed analyses of proposed projects. Findings are based upon site-specific needs, operation schedules, utility rules, prevailing emission standards and applicable codes.