GUSC Energy Biomass CHP Plant, Rome, New York
Renewable, locally-sourced wood chips fuel this 1 mw (40,000 lbs/hr of steam) biomass plant,allowing this local utility to choose from multiple fuel sources.
Client: GUSC Energy
Design-Build Team: Cogen/Bette & Cring
Construction Value: $16 Million
CHP Plant Size: 1 MW of 480 V Electricity, 40,000 lbs/hr of 625 psig steam
Operational: November 2013
Cogen, CHA, and Bette & Cring worked with GUSC on the programming, development, design and construction of this state-of-the-art biomass cogeneration facility that will provide a flexible energy system that can adapt to fluctuations in the fuels markets.
The biomass CHP plant, fueled by wood chips, gives this local utility, serving a 3,500-acre Business and Technology Park with over 60 companies, the option to choose from multiple fuel sources to stabilize costs and provide savings.
The cogeneration plant features a 40,000 lbs/hr, 625 psig, Wellons wood chip biomass system; a 900 kW Elliott Backpressure Steam Turbine and Induction Generator; and Bruks Truck Tipper.
The steam from the biomass system drives the 1 MW single stage steam turbine and is used as the base load for the business park during the heating season. This plant, which operates in parallel with the National Grid Utility System, reduces carbon emissions by 26 percent.