The Clarkson Avenue Medical Complex’s healthcare facilities serve more than 1 million patients per year across New York City. Facilities within the complex include:
The medical complex is located within Con Edison’s Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management (BQDM) zone, where peak demand periodically exceeds load capacity of the area’s Brownville Substation. Con Edison’s BQDM program sought to reduce 41 Megawatts (MW) of customer-side electricity through various demand-reduction solutions.
To enhance power resiliency for the healthcare complex while simultaneously relieving strain on the power grid, New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Burns to develop an innovative microgrid concept.
Burns identified a combination of energy efficiency measures, cogeneration solutions, renewable energy coupled with energy storage, and smart grid technologies to provide independent power for the complex’s critical facilities.
The 18-MW microgrid design involved:
In 2021, SUNY unveiled a state-of-the-art 1.8-MW fuel cell system. The project supplies an estimated 45 percent of Downstate Medical Center’s energy needs, Con Edison’s largest BQDM program to date.
Separately, an NYCHHC project is underway to install 286 kw of solar PV at Kings County Hospital Center.
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