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Fairbanks Morse Sends Out CHP System

System will be used in power plant expansion at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston

Posted on November 12, 2013

Fairbanks Morse Engine will supply a 3 MW combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system to general contractor SpawGlass for a power plant expansion at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

The Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel, opposed-piston, engine-driven system is designed to operate on either biodiesel fuel or natural gas. The 12-cylinder, turbo-blower Fairbanks Morse gen-set 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 1% 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 gen-set is one component of a 12 MW power plant expansion which will also include several smaller gen-sets fueled solely by biodiesel.