Union College Cogeneration Plant

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Union College Cogeneration Plant2018-11-01T11:15:25+00:00

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Union College Cogeneration Plant, Schenectady, New York


Underscoring their commitment toward achieving carbon neutrality, this new natural gas-powered plant will significantly reduce Union’s carbon footprint.


Client: Union College

Design-Build Team: Cogen/Bette & Cring

Construction Value: $14 Million

CHP Plant Size: 1.8 MW

Operational: July 2016


Cogen, CHA, and Bette & Cring are working with Union College to move closer towards carbon neutrality, while accommodating the energy needs of a rapidly expanding campus.


This design-build CHP project will meet the energy demands while providing an environmentally and economically-friendly solution that will produce 75% of the electricity; 90% of the steam, and 87% of the cooling consumed by the campus.


The $13.7 M project will include a 1.8 MW Gas Turbine, a 45,000 lb/hr Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG), a 225 psig Gas Compressor, and a 600 ton absorption chiller. An Automatic Load Shed Management system will control the supply of electricity and shed loads during utility power outages.


Due to the high efficiency of the CHP Plant, carbon emissions will be reduced by 7,416 tons/year which is equal to taking 1,290 off of the road. Construction will begin in the Spring of 2015 with a scheduled plant turn over in July 2016.

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