Project : Cornell Combined Heat-and-Power Project (CCHPP)

Cornell University -- Ithaca, New York

The Cornell Combined Heat-and-Power Project (CCHPP) was the result of extensive study and development. Located south of the existing heating plant, the project integrated a 30 MW cogeneration system into existing boiler house facilities to provide energy and fuel flexible security while allowing the retirement of coal-fired assets and a liquid fuel conversion from No. 6 to No. 2 oil.

The plant incorporates two dual-fuel 15 MW dry low-NOx Solar Turbines Titan 130 gas turbine generators (GTG), two dual-pressure duct-fired Rentech heat recovery steam turbine generators (GTG) with SCR and CO emissions control. A new 3.2-mile high-pressure gas line was designed and constructed so that on-site gas compression was not required.

A new building to contain equipment was designed and integrated into the area’s steep topography. Renewals and upgrades to the existing 115-13.2 kV substation, along with a third transformer, accept the CCHPP output and further increase reliability. These upgrades were installed without service interruption to the campus.

Awards Received:

  • LEED Gold Rating (for Office Component)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Rating
  • Combined Cycle Journal (CCJ) Pacesetter Plant Award
  • International District Energy Association (IDEA) Global District Energy Climate Award
Services Provided by CHA:
  • Feasibility Study
  • Equipment Specification and Technical Administration
  • Multi-Discipline Detail-Design of Complete Plant