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01/26/2011

Natural Gas-Fired Co-Generation Plant Powers Up NYU

 
Natural Gas-Fired Co-Generation Plant Powers Up NYU

New York University has announced the completion of a natural gas-fired Co-Generation (CoGen) plant, which will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 23% and air pollutants by 68% when compared to the previous oil-fired CoGen.

The new CoGen plant approaches 90% energy efficiency while producing 13.4 megawatts of electricity, twice the output of the previous system.

This $125 million CoGen upgrade took 28 months to complete, and provides electricity to 22 NYU buildings compared to the prior plant’s 7 buildings.  The CoGen is expected to provide energy savings of $5-8 million annually.

“NYU’s new cogeneration plant will save money, reduce carbon emissions and improve the reliability our electrical grid,” says David Bragdon, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability.  “The project is a model of achieving the triple bottom-line that will move the City closer to achieving its PlaNYC goal of reducing emissions 30% by 2030.”

Breaking down the key stats of the natural gas-fired Co-Generation plant:

  • Two 5.5 megawatts (MW) gas turbines and a 2.4MW steam turbine;
  • Approaching 90% overall efficiency;
  • Providing electricity to 22 buildings up from 7 with the old fuel oil CoGen;
  • Providing heat to 37 buildings;
  • 23% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • 68% reduction of EPA Criteria Air Pollutants (e.g. NOx, SOx, PM-10);
  • One of the largest private co-gen plants in NYC;
  • Produces twice the electrical power of the old facility – at 13.4 megawatts – and avoids the combustion of 500,000 gallons of fuel oil annually;
  • All-digitally controlled for better monitoring and maximum efficiency.
  • Installation of a 13,000 sq. ft. public plaza on Mercer Street using native plant species, and providing 190 linear feet of seating space.

Implementation of CoGen plants is an emerging trend in seeking sustainable energy solutions.

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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