MUSEUM CLIENT CHP

MASSACHUSETTS

CHALLENGE

B2Q was engaged to perform a comprehensive feasibility study of practical and cost-effective options for Combined Heat and Power (CHP), the simultaneous on-site generation of electricity and thermal energy using a gas engine or turbine. This historic facility features two separate central heating plants: one generating low pressure steam, the other high temperature hot water. B2Q was challenged to determine the appropriate technology for the CHP plant’s prime mover that would achieve the highest possible efficiency and owner ROI. Aesthetics, noise, and vibration were key concerns for the client.

OPPORTUNITY

B2Q performed a comprehensive study evaluating five plant configurations and three technologies, including reciprocating engines, conventional gas turbines, and modular microturbines based on plant efficiency, construction cost, maintenance costs, utility incentives, greenhouse gas reduction, sound levels, and footprint.

RESULT

The selected configuration delivers a practical and economical system with low noise, vibration, and emissions while meeting the client’s needs to reduce its energy costs and carbon footprint while preventing disruption and impact to sensitive gallery spaces.

Market:

Commercial

Services:

Project Design
Building Systems
Resiliency and Distributed Generation