Cogeneration Case Study: University of Illinois Hospital

A major hospital that treats critically ill patients cannot afford power failures. Facing intermittent power problems — and needing to replace old boilers — the 536-bed University of Illinois Hospital installed a 24 MWe cogeneration system for its campus in Chicago. Powered by three Taurus 70 natural gas turbine generator sets, the system fulfills … [Read more...]

Project Profile: Princeton Healthcare System Builds in Cost-Effective Energy Reliability

The Opportunity When the Princeton Healthcare System first envisioned building a new 630,000-square-foot acute-care hospital with 237 single-patient rooms in Plainsboro, New Jersey, plans called for a conventional HVAC system to address the facility’s requirements. Because of stringent patient-care needs, hospitals traditionally insist on two … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power to More than Double Worldwide within a Decade

Combined heat and power, a technology used in many microgrids, is expected to more than double in capacity over the next nine years, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Grid modernization efforts are spurring today’s CHP growth, which is likely to result in 74.4 GW installed worldwide, up from 32.7 GW now, Navigant … [Read more...]

Connecticut to Take Deeper Look at Microgrids; Plans New CHP Incentives

You might say the honeymoon is over and the real work of developing microgrids has begun in Connecticut. The state described some of the microgrid challenges ahead within a draft integrated resource plan released this week.  Issued every two years, the plan maps energy strategy for the next decade with an eye toward electricity costs, supply, … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency Effort Helps Drive Fuel Cell Market: Report

The fuel cell market, pegged at $1.3 billion worldwide, appears to be riding up with the grid resiliency effort in the U.S. A new report, “The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2014: Powering the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities,” cites growing interest in fuel cells among Fortune 500 companies, utilities and municipalities. Several … [Read more...]

Ontario Power Authority Seeks Combined Heat and Power; Plans for More Energy Storage

Ontario has issued a solicitation for up to 100 MW of combined heat and power projects, and is accepting applications beginning November 3 and running through December 19. The Ontario Power Authority  will allot contracts for up to 75 MW of CHP for the agricultural industry and 25 MW for district energy projects. It seeks the projects under what … [Read more...]

Cornell University

To improve efficiency and reduce emissions, Cornell University replaced coal-fired boilers in 2009 with two 15 MWe Titan 130 gas turbine generator sets for its combined heat and power plant. Previously, the campus in Ithaca, New York, purchased 80 percent of its electricity from the local utility. The duel-fueled turbines now fulfill 80 percent … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $7M for Community Microgrid & Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts last week awarded $7.4 million for community microgrid and resiliency projects, part of a larger $40 million program aimed at preventing power outages that could jeopardize critical services in towns and cities. Six clean energy projects received the first round of grants from the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. “This … [Read more...]