Cornell Combined Heat-and-Power Project (CCHPP)

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 upgrade were installed without service interruption to the campus.

  • 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
Project Services:
  • Engineering services, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, building services, and instrumentation and control systems
  • Conceptual design and project definition engineering
    • Project cost estimate
  • Specification, selection and technical coordination for all major equipment
    • Gas turbine generators
    • HRSGs
  • Specification and technical coordination for a new enclosed coal conveyor system to replace an existing open conveyor located above the new plant building
  • Design of control system architecture and automatic control scheme
  • Technical coordination with control system integrator for implementation of new control system
  • Buried natural gas supply line (3-mile, 8-inch 950 psig)
  • Electrical substation with three main 115 kV/13.2 kV power transformers, supplying the Cornell power system with a combined capacity of 75 MVA
  • Water treatment system for supplying reverse osmosis water to the existing heating plant
  • Combined heat and power plant
  • Plant building