Interactive Energy Grids™ and Alternative Power Systems
Automation and Entertainment’s team is at the forefront of residential micro-grid design and build. Offering you the latest in on-grid or off-grid power systems that reduce energy costs using alternative power solutions. You will never be at the mercy of the utility company again with our state-of-the-art Residential Interactive Energy Grids™.
What’s an ”Interactive Energy Grid™”?
Common micro-grids are small-scale versions of the centralized electricity system (the public “grid”). They achieve site specific power goals, such as reliability, carbon emission reduction, diversification of energy sources, and cost reduction. Unlike the utility based power grid and common micro-grids, A&e’s Interactive Energy Grids™ (IEG’s) not only generate, distribute, and regulate the flow of Electrical power (kWH’s)and heat (BTU’s) they also control the use of energy throughout the residence’s infrastructure.
Our proprietary Artificial intelligence controls act like an “energy broker” always making use of the most economically viable power source and seeing to the most efficient use of that power given the situation.
IEG’s and Alternative Power Systems
Automation and Entertainment is a specialist in producing turn-key residential and small commercial energy systems, either on-grid or off-grid providing clients with electricity & heat at a fraction of the cost and carbon footprint of utility supplied energy.
A&e’s Interactive Energy Grid™ systems are designed to provide “green”, efficient, uninterrupted, low cost energy to meet the most demanding customers’ needs utilizing the latest Micro-Cogeneration systems in conjunction with appropriate alternative power sources. A&e can design and implement a system to meet your needs so you will never be at the mercy of the local utility company again while lowering the cost of operating your residence.
Our energy services include:
Complete systems design and installation
Including ROI calculations
Energy audits and response plans
Residential and small commercial Interactive Energy Grid™ power systems
Grid-interactive or off-grid
Clean, low-cost uninterruptable power and heat
Alternative and Renewable energy systems
Battery back-up systems
Critical systems only
Intelligent controls designed to reduce or eliminate unnecessary power use.
Complete power-down of all A/V equipment when not in use
One button, whole house “away mode” turns off everything that is not necessary
Arms security systems sets lighting to low consumption mode and secures entries
Optimized lighting and HVAC controls
Intelligent irrigation programming
Reduced consumption pool/spa programming
Ultra-low power LED Lighting systems
Zero power green theaters
Thermal optimized window coverings
Application of qualified “green” A/V components
Low power TV replacement
Cogeneration systems are a reliable, very low-cost per KWH/BTU energy source. Cogeneration, also known as Combined Heat & Power, is the production of heat and electricity from a single source of fuel. Only recently has this technology been scaled for residential use with the introduction of Micro-Cogeneration systems ranging in size from 5 - 35kW. These systems are powered by a small natural gas (or propane) fueled internal combustion engine or a small gas turbine. Micro-cogen systems are highly efficient at generating electricity and capturing heat that would otherwise been wasted converting it into useful thermal energy. The heat generated by the small engine that produces the electricity is used to heat water using a heat exchanger, the hot water can then be used for domestic hot water, house radiant heating systems, as well as pool and spa heating. Micro-Cogeneration is an ideal energy source for estate properties with large swimming pools or for commercial clients that have a need for an economical heat and energy source.
Alternative or “Green” power systems
As part of A&e's complete "Home Automation" offering we can design and implement appropriate Alternative Power systems to help lower you’re cost–of-ownership and provide solutions for achieving a sustainable lifestyle.
Solar PV systems
Solar Hot Water
Other Alternative / Renewable Energy Systems
Automation and Entertainment also has experience with other Alternative and Off-Grid power solutions including Cogeneration systems, Fuel Cells, Wind Power and battery energy storage systems. We are always on the lookout for and evaluating new technologies, products and manufacturers to ensure we have the appropriate solution that’s the most efficient and reliable possible. Alternative and Renewable energy systems are often site dependent, so whether your project is on or off “grid” we can design a customized solution that’s right for your needs, reliable and will pay for itself many times over.
Uninterruptible Power Solutions
In order to provide a truly secure and reliable environment Automation and Entertainment designs and installs Uninterruptible Power Solutions that provide “clean” electric power" 24/7/365 for all critical systems to ensure the reliability and longevity of all your sophisticated electronic systems. Whether it’s a grid power outage, lightning strikes, or a brownout your investment is protected. A&e’s proprietary UPS’s use state-of-the-art inverters and batteries to provide the smallest footprint and most robust Uninterruptible Power Solutions available.
Automation and Entertainment’s unparalleled experience and expertise with home controls can help. Implementing intelligent controls and energy efficient systems can lower your property’s cost to operate and reduce your carbon footprint without sacrificing enjoyment, comfort or security.
Contact us today, we’re here to help you make your dreams a reality
Why a Cogeneration System, isn’t solar a better alternative?
While the sun only shines during the day, a cogeneration system can work 24/7/365. True a large Solar PV array combined with a large battery based energy storage system could provide the energy to run a household 24/7. However, many properties simply do not have adequate space or solar exposure for a big enough PV array. You’ll also need a battery storage system big enough to provide all the energy necessary to keep your home running no matter the time of year or day.
A well designed alternative energy system using cogeneration supplemented by solar PV and/or other renewable energy sources not only produces “clean” low-cost energy, it provides your home and family with “Energy Security”. You’ll always have the energy necessary to remain safe, secure and comfortable irregardless of the situation. Think of it like a plug-in hybrid as opposed to an all electric car; while it may not be as “green” as a fully electric car, you won’t suffer range anxiety.
Benefits of Cogeneration include:
Can reliably operate 24/78/365 no mater the weather or environmental conditions
Produce electricity for a little as 5 cents per kWH saving your thousands of dollars annually
Fueled by clean burning natural gas (or propane)
Nearly 3 times more efficient than the public grid
Can be designed to provide the entire property with a reliable power source
freedom from the utility company’s power outages and escalating electric rates.
An excellent choice for reliable and efficient off-grid power needs.
Quiet unobtrusive operation: less noisy than an A/C unit
Low maintenance: 10,000 hour service intervals
Eligible for Distributed Generation Natural Gas Rates*
* depending on your utility company