Accepting the award was Edward Pfleging, P.E. Assistant Vice President of Facility Operations, Montefiore Medical Center.
In 2004 the Hospital installed One 5 MW Low NOx Solar Turbine and two Low emission 2 MW Internal Combustion engines at Montefiore Medical Center
(MMC) in the Bronx.The project was to improve reliability of the weak Con Ed grid.The Heat is consumed by the facility.The facility remains on the Con Edison grid and sells back electricity to con Ed
"Back in the late '80s and early '90s, legislation changed and required public utilities to back up cogenerators," notes Mr. Pfleging
"The first considerations for those who'd like to know the feasibility of cogeneration at their facilities center around whether there are enough electrical load and heat sinks available," continues Pfleging
"Hospitals may be especially suited to cogen in that respect.The next hurdle they face is the physical space available at the site.Finally you need to take a good look at air permitting, a factor that varies considerably with each location."
"In 1994, we completed a 5.5-megawatt diesel/steam plant.In 2003, we completed a 9 -megawatt expansion comprising a Solar Taurus 60 [5-MW] gas turbine, with a 58,000-pounds-per-hour heat-recovery system generator and two 2-megawatt Cat dual fuel engines, for a total capacity of 14.5 megawatts," adds Pfleging
Regarding what are major positives or negatives from MMC's decision to go cogen, Pfleging
relates that his
colleagues and he
at the medical center are in control of their energy generation, are self-sufficient, and are not dependent on an unreliable public utility grid.