Meeting/Event Information


January 16, 2014

New Technologies
January 16, 2014
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
McCall Golf & Country Club
201 N. Lynn Blvd
Upper Darby, PA 19082
New Technologies

January Technology Showcase:  four new technologies that you can use to reduce costs and improve reliability!

Enjoy lunch at McCall Field and hear how liquid desiccant systems can reduce your cooling load, how to use SOFC fuel cells to provide clean and reliable power, managing your infrastructure and reliability needs with microgrids, and reducing your water consumption through new treatment technologies.  Each of our speakers will give a brief presentation followed by a question and answer.

January 16th at 11:30 at McCall Field

$30.00 GPAEE Chapter Member

$35.00 Non GPAEE Chapter Member

$5.00 Student or Unemployed

Liquid Desiccant Systems

Unlike conventional HVAC systems, Advantix Systems’ patented air conditioning technology cools and dehumidifies simultaneously using a liquid desiccant. This approach eliminates the need for overcooling air to dehumidify, substantially reducing the thermal energy required. Liquid desiccant has a natural ability to disinfect and deodorize, providing cleaner, healthier air in a single pass. This system can be powered by renewable energy sources such as solar thermal or waste heat from other processes, delivering energy cost savings of up to 80%.

SOFC Fuel Cells

George Mc Grady will discuss the Bloom Energy Server, an evolutionary class of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) rooted in NASA research and now being adapted on a large scale by Apple, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Delmarva, eBay, Google, NTT, Wal-Mart, etc. He will talk about Bloom’s place in distributed generation and the environmental benefits derived while providing energy security in mission critical applications such as data centers, hospitals, manufacturing and the frozen/refrigerated food chain. Those interested in understanding details of the Bloom technology are encouraged to view the following short animation, as time will not allow a full discussion of this topic.

Microgrids – Awindow into the Energy Infrastructure of the Future

Dave Smith of Burns Engineering will present “A Window into the Energy Infrastructure of the Future” at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers Meeting.  In his discussion, Dave will explain how smart microgrid technology can integrate energy assets and loads, reduce owner costs, lower emissions, and improve power resilience.  He will also use the Philadelphia Navy Yard Energy Master Plan as a case study to illustrate how a repurposed military base, now turned “smart energy campus”, is overcoming technical, financial and business challenges to deploy a microgrid system in order to cost-effectively manage dramatic load growth, from 26 MW to more than 70 MW, over the next ten years. 

Dave is Burns’ Director of Energy Services, and has led multiple campus energy and sustainability master planning projects with an emphasis on identifying integrated, holistic strategies to maximize cost savings and environmental benefits.

Water Treatment Technologies

Advance Water Treatment, Inc. (AWT) is the licensed distributor of a patented water conservation technology (WCTI) in the Northeastern U.S.  This innovative technology utilizes a natural “green” silica chemistry, provided mostly by the  makeup water itself.  In this region, WCTI technology typically can save about 1 million gallons of water per year for every 1000 tons of cooling capacity in any given application.  AWT’s list of WCTI clients include Verizon, Boeing, Trader Joe's, Brandywine Realty Trust, and Southco.  AWT has 20+ years’ experience utilizing state of the art techniques for cooling water treatment.  Mr. Dougherty of AWT will discuss ‘Best Practices’ in cooling tower water management, how to obtain evaporative credits for clients from the Philadelphia Water Department, Water Conservation principles and remote monitoring of cooling tower water consumption.  These topics are essential to help clients meet the new Philadelphia benchmarking code which includes gaining water usage data in commercial buildings.


About Our Meeting Sponsor

The Burns Group provide professional engineering and energy consulting services, and is an organization driven to provide solutions that build our clients’ futures. Burns offers a full spectrum of services to help our clients become more efficient in their use of energy resources while also providing significant cost savings. Our award-winning designs have enabled our clients to reduce their energy consumption by 20%-30% and have resulted in millions of dollars in energy cost savings.  Burns provides customized energy solutions nationwide for higher education, transportation, commercial, water resources, municipal and industrial clients in the following areas:

·         Strategic Energy & Infrastructure Planning

·         Energy Efficiency

·         Owner’s Representative Services

·         Distributed Generation & On-Site Power


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