Albany Medical Center Cogeneration Plant

The Albany Medical Center (AMC) underwent a rapid expansion on a tightly constrained urban site with rapidly growing energy needs. While reducing carbon emissions, this cogeneration project met future energy needs, increased energy reliability, and achieved significant cost savings.

Under the auspices of a design-build contract, Cogen Power Technologies and Bette & Cring, LLC developed and constructed a 4.6 MW cogeneration plant that incorporated a gas-fired Solar Turbines Mercury 50-6000R gas turbine generator (GTG), a high-efficiency recuperated unit with low exhaust temperature suitable for unique cogeneration opportunities. The Mercury 50 exhausts to a single-pressure duct-fired Rentech heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The plant also incorporates a gas compressor, two 500-ton centrifugal chillers, a control room, and office space. The new standalone building has space for a second GTG-HRSG pair in the future. The GTG unit operates in parallel with the utility, and the configuration has black start capability. The unique automatic load shed system also provides load management functions.

CHA provided multi-discipline detailed design for the construction of the project. We also provided technical support for the National Grid electrical interconnection review and assisted the hospital in securing NYSERDA funding.

  • Northeast Clean Heat & Power Initiative (NECHPI) Outstanding CHP Project
  • Associated General Contractors (ACG) of New York State 2015 Build NY Award
Project Services:
  • Equipment Specification
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Structural Engineering
  • Interconnection Technical Support