Energy Innovation

Worthington Energy Innovations is an industry leader in creating innovative design concepts and energy efficiency technology. Worthington has more than 12 patents and 25 trade secrets that it uses to reduce its customer's energy use by 30% - 70%.

Worthington's innovations begin with the Kiser Quotient. Over decades of work in designing energy efficiency strategies and energy systems, Tom Kiser noticed that most of Worthington's customers believe that they need every unit of energy they purchase when, in fact, most are actually paying for MUCH more energy than they need.

This fact lead Kiser to develop his energy quotient which is expressed as the ratio of:

EN is the sum of the actual units of energy (BTUs, KwH, etc.) needed by processes and loads at a facility, campus or building and EP is the actual energy purchased by an energy consumer. It is not uncommon for an energy consumer to have a Kiser Quotient ranging from 1/3 to 1/10, meaning that energy consumers can be paying for 60% - 90% more energy than they actually need. The Kiser Quotient can also be applied to individual processes and loads by determining the amount of energy a process or load actually need and using sub-metering to measure how much energy it is actually using.

The Kiser Quotient is more than a ratio, it is a way of looking at energy fundamental to Worthington Energy Innovations design strategies. When the fact that a consumer is purchasing more energy than they need is made apparent, it opens up the possibility of asking where all that extra energy went -- much of it is lost in the form of rejection heat. When Worthington knows where extra energy is lost it can develop strategies to reduce loss and/or recycle rejection energy by feeding it back into other loads at a facility, building or campus.

The Green Machine

Beyond opening up the possibility of reducing energy loss and recapturing rejection energy, the Quotient led Kiser to the realization that there is no reason not to flip the ratio so that energy consumers can pay for LESS energy than they need. More than a decade ago, Kiser envisioned the means to do this with proven technology and developed the "Green Machine" design protocol:

By incorporating waste recovery wherever possible and integrating renewable energy (which is cost effective because other efficiency measures reduce the amount of energy needed from these sources) you can push for an ideal design strategy that creates a Kiser Quotient of 3/1, meaning that an energy consumer can see themselves purchasing only one unit of energy from a utility for every three units of energy they need.

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