Distributed Generation Study
Distributed Generation Performance Database
Use the tabs below to gain access to the Distributed Generation Performance Database where you can review and download DG system performance test reports. This resource may also contain data collected utilizing the interim versions of the protocols. The primary changes incorporated into version 1.0 of the protocols is the inclusion of fuel cells. The database also stores sets of high-level data that you can query to view a snapshot of the results of each test, making it easy to select test reports of interest to you. No final reports are available for long-term monitoring sites because they do not have an end date. High-level data for these sites are available and are updated regularly to reflect the latest site operation. For more detailed data about long-term monitoring sites, users are provided a link to a Web site run by the company in charge of continuously collecting and storing data from these sites.
Submitting Data and Reports to the Database
The Distributed Generation Study Database stores system performance test reports that have been collected according to defined protocols. If you have a distributed electrical generation system that has been or is being tested according to one of the Distributed Generation Testing Protocols, you are encouraged to submit your test data and report to the Distributed Generation Study Database.
Two databases are currently operated and supported by the protocols, the national database on this site and a New York database maintained by NYSERDA.
Instructions for Submitting Data and Reports
The steps for creating and submitting a Distributed Generation Study are:
- Create our Distributed Generation prime mover(s)
- Create your Distributed Generation heat recovery system(s)
- Create your site data
Create Distributed Generation Prime Mover
Enter the name of the manufacturer and the model number of the prime mover into the field, then click the Create or edit button to create the prime mover and to be directed to the form where you will fill out the additional information:
- Technology type Internal combustion engine, microturbine, etc
- The engine type Inverter, Synchronous, or induction
- The power output in kW.
Create Heat Recovery Systems
Enter the name of the manufacturer and the model number of the heat recovery system into the field, then click the Create or edit button to create the heat recovery system and to be directed to the form where you will fill out the additional information:
- Model number
- Heat recovery purpose Domestic hot water, Space heating, Process heat, etc
Create Distributed Generation Study Site Data
Enter the name of the site into the field, then click the Create or edit button to create the site and to be directed to the form where you will fill out the additional information:
- Study city and state
- The site description
- The type of study conducted [case study, laboratory study, field study, or long-term study]
- The prime mover(s) [created in the step above]
- The heat recovery system(s) [create in the step above]
- Prime mover fuel type
- Company responsible for the installation of the system
- System enclosure
- System application
- Number of prime movers
- Stand-alone capability
- Power rating
- Nominal voltage
- Heat recovery rating
- Cooling capacity
- Origin of controller
- Component Integration
- Study start date
- Study completion date
- Primary power application
- Secondary power application
- Primary heat/cooling application
- Secondary heat/cooling application
- Capacity factor
- Electrical efficiency (HHV)
- Electrical efficiency( LHV)
- Highest combustion intake temperature
- Lowest combustion intake temperature
- NOx emissions data available
- CO emissions data available
- 12-month run hours
- 12-month energy savings
- System cost
- A URL where a report can be downloaded
Distributed Generation Studies
Study types are based on the Distributed Generation Testing Protocols of which there are four: the laboratory test protocol, the field test protocol, the long-term monitoring protocol and the case study protocol.
Technology types are the descriptions of the technology used to convert one form of energy into another including but not limited to microturbines, reciprocating engines (including Stirling engines), fuel cells, and small turbines up to 3 MW.
The make and model of the technology type.
Fuel used to power the prime mover.
An indication of the type of business or public institution where the study is being/was conducted.
The city and state where the study is being/was conducted.