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CHP Facility Approved in Springfield, MA

Carl Weinschenk

The Springfield, MA, City Council has approved Baystate Health Systems’ request for a special permit to build a $27 million combined heat and power (CHP) plant, according to MassLive. The vote was unanimous for the plant. The hope is that it will save millions of dollars in energy costs while reducing release of greenhouse gases.   …Continue Reading

Cogeneration Platform Saves Money, Adds Reliability for Brooklyn Beer Distributor

Carl Weinschenk

On the picturesque Brooklyn, NY, waterfront, an increasingly common alternative to traditional powering — cogeneration — is working, and working well. In fact, the only time it stopped was when the equipment was partially submerged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Manhattan Beer Distributors – formerly Phoenix Beverages – has tremendous power needs. Keeping beer cool is   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cells Will Power a Connecticut Community. Will They Work Elsewhere?

Ken Silverstein

Fuel cells aren’t just blowing hot air. They are now helping to manage electricity costs and supply emergency power to a Connecticut neighborhood through a localized microgrid. The fuel cell-powered microgrid will provide all the power that the “Parkville” community will need during non-emergency operations. If there is an outage, the system will provide emergency   …Continue Reading

Behind the Meter Podcast: Ryan Rex on Cogeneration

Carl Weinschenk

Cogeneration offers a dual benefit to buildings: It can lower costs and provide the resiliency that Superstorm Sandy and other recent weather events proved is necessary. It can be a hard sell to upper management, however. While the overall business case is strong, capital investments are necessary. Spending first in hopes of benefiting later is   …Continue Reading

The Heat Recovery Steam Generator Sector Adapts — and Grows

Carl Weinschenk

Changes in how facilities are powered are driving a change in how existing equipment is used. For the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) market, this is a good thing – and a challenge. The good news for the sector is that business is increasing. MarketsAndMarkets reported in February that the global maret was valued at   …Continue Reading

Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino Doesn’t Consider Cogeneration a Gamble

Carl Weinschenk

The appeal of getting two for one – heat and power from the same source – is compelling enough to make cogeneration among the hottest energy approaches on the landscape. It is a bit odd to think of a hospital and a casino as similar institutions, but they are – in terms of HVAC. Of   …Continue Reading

Two Projects Suggest that Cogeneration is Heating Up

Carl Weinschenk

From the conceptual standpoint, cogeneration makes a tremendous amount of sense. After all, it’s difficult to argue with the idea of meeting two needs with a single platform. The good news for proponents is that use of cogeneration – combined heat and power – is growing. Two examples of the progress that is being made are projects   …Continue Reading

Pfizer to Use FuelCell Energy’s CHP Technology

Carl Weinschenk

FuelCell Energy will install a 5.6 MW fuel cell power generation system for Pfizer, according to the company. The fuel cell will be installed at Pfizer’s 160-acre research and development facility in Groton, CT. Under a power purchase agreement, the biopharmaceutical company will buy power and steam from FuelCell for 20 years. The fuel cell   …Continue Reading

Entrade Introduces Portable Tri-Generation Unit

Carl Weinschenk

Entrade has introduced what it says is the world’s smallest combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) tri-generation unit powered by biomass. The unit was unveiled at La Kretz Innovation Center in Los Angeles. The company says that the E3, which is small enough to be transported in a pickup truck, generates as much as 30   …Continue Reading

MIT Replacing, Expanding Cogeneration Infrastructure

Carl Weinschenk

The Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) is upgrading and expanding its use of cogeneration, according to the university. MIT has committed to a 32 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The 21 MW cogeneration platform now providing power electricity, steam heat and chilled water to more than 100 campus buildings is nearing the   …Continue Reading

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