American Renewable Energy. Making Alternative Energy & Reliability a Possibility for Your Home, Business, or School. David Dwyer, President Provided most of Information (except for otherwise noted-information retrieved from company web-site or by David Dwyer) 805 Greenwood St.
American Renewable Energy Making Alternative Energy & Reliability a Possibility for Your Home, Business, or School David Dwyer, President Provided most of Information (except for otherwise noted-information retrieved from company web-site or by David Dwyer) 805 Greenwood St. Evanston, IL 60201 Phone: 847. 424-0288 www.americanrenewable.com ** This Presentation was Prepared by Yesenia Villasenor-Rodriguez for Spring Energy Law Class 2004 - Professor Bosselman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview • Introduction to American Renewable • What Does American Renewable Do • American Renewable Energy Solutions • Potential Legal Issues • Conclusion
I. Introduction • Background on American Renewable • Founders • Mission • Team
Background • founded in 2001 by David Dwyer • Located in Evanston • Renewable Energy Contractors
Mission • “Energy Independence & Environmental Responsibility”
The Energy Team • David Dwyer Designer-Builder • Toni Bark Owner-Consultant • Bill Becker Engineer-Inventor of Aero Turbine • Windy City Power Company • Nate Kipnis Environmental Architects Karla Sierralta Finalists in Twin Tower Memorial & Brian Strong Ford Calumet Environmental Center • Tim Lesch Project Engineer • IBC Engineering Premier Environmental Engineering Firm in Midwest
Goal • Trying to Bring Distributed Power – Geothermal, Solar (hot water), Photo-Voltaic (PV), Wind Power and Conservation
Worse Case Scenario Looks Really Good • Numerical Data has been done & potential by using a combination of the systems will lead to • Better Costs • Lower Emissions • Lower Operating Costs • Investment Potential (adding Value to your Home)
II. What Does American Renewable Energy Do ? • Phase I: Scope/Survey • Phase II: Design Specific System • Phase III: Construction
Phase I: Survey • Orientation of Home: (i.e. Location w/respect to bigger buildings and Potential Geothermal Sources) • Visual Survey: (i.e. find simple ways to conserve) • Structure, insulation, roofing, doors, blow-door test • Time: ranges few hours- day • Cost: $2000- $5000 (usual range $2000-$3000)
Phase I: Survey (continued) • Financial Assessment: (I.e. Life-cycle costs & savings) • American Renewable Performs 50 Surveys/year • Clients Pritzker Family Prairie Crossing Charter School Ford Calumet Environmental Center
Phase II: Designing a Specific System for that Structure • Do a more specific Scope based on Survey Results- • Formulate Reasonable Costs for Investment (given value of house, local property values etc.) • Final Presentation given to Customer by Team Members • Time: 1 month- 1 year (varies project size) • How Many Completed - 10 Projects
Phase III: Construction • Materials, Labor and Commissioning • Time Frame: varies—occurs in phases • Wells for geothermal • structure • PV • Wind generators • Cost: varies
American Renewable’s Energy Solutions • Renewable energy is any source that can be used without depleting its reserves. • Examples are wind, solar, and geothermal • Renewables are an important supply of energy, providing security, reducing need for fuel imports and helping to preserve the earth’s valuable resources
Renewable Energy Sources • Wind Aero turbines • Geothermal GeoExchange • Photovoltaic (“PV”) BP Panels
Wind • AEROTECTURE: A New Paradigm for Wind power in cities. • DESIGNER/PRICIPAL: BILL BECKER • AEROTECTURE 510 SERIES Wind System • Cost Per Aero turbine: $6000/unit • Avg. Amount of Unit in Design: varies- owner has 4 • Manufactured here in Chicago 21st & Racine by Windy City Power
Aerotecture 510 Specifications • Rated Power 1500 Watts • Rated Wind Speed 30 m.p.h. • Startup Wind Speed 2 m.p.h. • Maximum Wind Speed 120 m.p.h • Rotor Diameter 5 feet • Number of Blades 2 • Height 20 feet • Weight 250 lbs. • Generator Type Permanent Magnet • Power Output Range 24-48 VDC
Geothermal • heat (thermal) derived from the earth (geo). • Thermal Energy contained in rock and fluid (that fills the fractures and pores within the rock) in the earth’s crust. • Current Production ranks 3rd among renewables • Utilized through process called Geoexchange
Geoexchange • Works by moving heat, rather than by converting chemical Energy to heat like a furnace • Every GeoExchange Systems Includes: • A geothermal Pump • A loop field of Polyethylene • An internal distribution System
Geothermal Heat Pump • Moves heat between the building and the Fluid in the Earth Connection • low maintenance- requires replacement of air filters • Efficient: requires a little electricity • clean
Earth Connection • Transfers heat between its fluids and the earth • Earth connections are called loops • 4 Different types • Open • Vertical • Horizontal • Pond • The type of Terrain where location is on determines which loop.
Open Loop • Requires abundant supply of well water • Discharges water to drainage ditch or pond • Processes heat energy from water • Discharging water “return well” not as effective as sending to pond or lake
Vertical Loops • Used land area is limited or soil conditions prohibit digging the more economical horizontal loops. • A pair of pipes w/ special U-bend assembly at bottom inserted into a borehole (150-250 ft. deep/ton of equipment) • Holes filled w/ special grout solution for good contact w/earth.
Horizontal Loops • Used: Soil conditions allow for economical excavation • Requires more land • Trenches 5ft. Deep w/ multiple pipes placed in trenches at various depths • Trenches require several hundred feet • Where space permits, more desirable
Pond Loop • Very economical to install • Requires pond or lake (8 ft. depth) • Utilize water rather than soil to transfer heat to and from pond • Coiled pipe in water covers ½ Acre • Avg. Home requires 900 feet pipe • Reduced installation costs & high performance
How Geothermal Works Geothermal Unit Cooling (Process Reverses) • heat removed from home • Transfers to Earth Loop • As warm fluid travels through loop- cooled • earth serves “heat sinks” • Result: cool, dry air • Heating • fluid circulates - loop • heat energy transfer to • fluid than to Earth Loops Earth 47% Sun’s Energy absorbed
Photovoltaic - PV Sun strikes a PV cell module converting such into electricity Integrates with existing electricity Supply British Petroleum (“BP”) PV Panels Distributor Windy City Power Cost: $9 per watt with out grants or rebates
Legal Issues Owners of American renewable had battle with neighbors who didn’t like aesthetics of Wind turbines on their roof Result: American Renewable prevailed but now, neighbors are trying to require variances for a new house they are building.
Conclusion American Renewable’s Integrative Approach is making renewable energy a possibility by team ethics technologies