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Texas Medical Center gets its own on-site power facility

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Texas Medical Center is now being powered with a technology already proven in airplanes.At a dedication ceremony held Tuesday, Thermal Energy Corp., or TECO, announced its completion of its first combined heat and power plant at the Texas Medical Center.The new facility, powered with an aeroderivative gas turbine made by GE (NYSE: GE), is providing 45 to 48 megawatts of power.

The turbine exhaust also is being used to generate some 270,000 pounds per hour of steam for the physical plant at the medical facility.“In early August, Texas experienced the highest single-day electricity demand in history, and TECO didn’t have to buy one kilowatt from the electric grid to serve the Texas Medical Center’s thermal loads,” said Stephen Swinson, president and CEO of TECO.

Officials estimate that the plant will cut 305,455 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year as opposed to purchasing the heat and power separately off the grid. That’s the equivalent of taking 53,000 U.S. cars off the roads.

The turbine is powered with the same technology “that has been proven to be cleaner, safer and reliable on aircraft engines through millions of hours of successful operation,” according to Darryl Wilson, vice president of aeroderivative gas turbines for GE Power & Water.

The overall package construction and testing of the turbine was conducted at the GE Energy packaging facility in Houston.

Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell is providing engineering, procurement and construction management services for the initial phase of a master plan to upgrade and expand TECO’s central utility plant.

“When this project is complete in 2011, TECO will be operating the largest central utility plant in the nation,” said Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO, in a statement. “We believe it will become a model many other institutions look to in planning and developing similar facilities of their own.”

From the Houston Business Journal  on Aug 24, 2010

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