Company Selected for Power Plant Expansion at Houston VA Hospital

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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:10 pm

BELOIT, Wis. -- Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries company, will supply a 3 MW combined-heat-and-power system to general contractor SpawGlass for a power plant expansion at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

The Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel, opposed-piston, engine-driven system is designed to operate on either biodiesel fuel or natural gas and has been selected for its ability to meet the multiple requirements set for the project, said Steve Smith, Fairbanks Morse sales manager for the project. These requirements include helping the facility meet the VA’s requirements for the amount of power to be generated from renewable resources. Other project considerations were energy efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility and the ability to meet stringent local emissions regulations.

The 12-cylinder, turbo-blower Fairbanks Morse genset will be a standby power unit. When in use, it will operate for a designated period on B99 biodiesel fuel, and for the remainder of its operating time, on natural gas, with a one percent biodiesel pilot. The electricity the system generates will be sent to the grid, offsetting the VA’s power consumption from the local utility. Heat from the engine will be recovered and used to heat water for the hospital.

The 3 MW Fairbanks Morse genset is one component of a 12 MW power plant expansion which will also include several smaller gensets fueled solely by biodiesel. This configuration is expected to provide the maximum in operating flexibility and dependability within the VA’s requirements for a reliable power supply and power generation from renewable energy sources.

Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel, opposed-piston engines have proven their reliability, logging millions of hours of running time in a wide variety of critical applications including base-load, peak-shaving and standby power generation. Fairbanks Morse engines also are a mainstay for emergency power generation on the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines.

SOURCE: Fairbanks Morse Engine

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