NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is full-service healthcare complex in New York City and among the largest electric and steam customers for utility provider Con Edison.
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy severely damaged the 1,500-bed hospital, psychiatric center and Level 1 Trauma Center, forcing the complex to close for several months.
To assist NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue withstand future power outages, New York Power Authority (NYPA) commissioned a study into the feasibility of a 4-MW reciprocating internal combustion engine-based cogeneration system. The study concluded that installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system would enhance resiliency — and deliver significant financial benefits by offsetting the need for costly steam.
Supporting NYPA, Burns developed bridging documents for 30 percent of the CHP system design. The design approach involved:
Once complete, the cogeneration system is expected to provide Bellevue with increased reliability, improved energy efficiency, and an estimated $3.4 million in cost savings per year.
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