Rolls-Royce helps trauma center save $1.6m in energy costs


In the US state of New York, Richmond University Medical Center has selected Rolls-Royce Power Systems to implement an onsite trigeneration system.

Rolls Royce will provide the trauma center with an onsite natural gas-fuelled combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) trigeneration system. The project is being managed by Innovative Energy Strategies.

The CCHP system is expected to generate $1.6 million in annual operational savings.

Rated at 1,500kWe each and guaranteeing performance under high ambient conditions, the CCHP units will provide clean and efficient continuous power to the 114-year-old trauma center.

The two 50,000-pound units will be housed in a former laundry facility adjacent to the hospital, which has been renovated to comply with sound attenuation rules and regulations.

Marty Borruso, principal at IES, said: “After we evaluated the equipment, installation and maintenance requirements for the project, IES selected MTU because of the fuel conversion efficiency and the extended maintenance periods that significantly reduce the total cost of ownership.

“Another major factor was the ability of the MTU engines to operate on low pressure gas, this feature is desirable in densely populated urban areas like New York City.”

Richmond University Medical Center has realised the importance of an alternative power supply system following power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Christian Mueller, senior sales engineer at MTU Onsite Energy, commented: “These kinds of facilities have a year-round, 24/7 uptime obligation to patients, and we keep that top-of-mind when developing cogeneration solutions. MTU Onsite Energy is proud to offer peace of mind with the promise of cooling, heating and power to trauma centers when they need it most.”