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US award for two GE cogeneration projects

CSR Digest News Service

New York, Oct 03, 2014 12:22 PM IST

GE Power & Water today announced its power generation technology at two facilities with combined heat and power systems have been recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Eastman Chemical Company’s Kingsport, Tennessee, industrial campus and Merck’s West Point, Pennsylvania, facility were announced as recipients of the award by the EPA on September 30, according to a GE release.

The system at Eastman’s Kingsport site includes 17 boilers that produce steam to support manufacturing processes, meet the space heating and cooling needs of 550 buildings and drive 19 engines, including 17 GE steam turbine generators. At its Kingsport industrial campus—one of the largest chemical manufacturing sites in North America—Eastman manufactures speciality chemicals, fibres and plastics used to produce hundreds of products.

Merck’s system at its West Point facility—a pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing, R&D and warehouse and distribution center—is powered by a 38 mw GE gas turbine and recovers otherwise-wasted heat to produce steam to heat, cool and dehumidify approximately 7 million square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and office space.

“We’re thrilled to have EPA recognise two projects that have used GE’s power generation technology for decades, and congratulations to all the winners of the award,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president & CEO of GE’s distributed power business. “We view combined heat and power systems as a win-win for our customers across the globe, and we’re encouraged to see these long-standing facilities be recognised for their forward thinking.”

EPA awards the Energy Star to leaders who increase the nation’s electric generation efficiency through the development of highly efficient systems. The award recognises the importance of combined heat and power systems as a way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants while helping businesses become more competitive and profitable.

Combined heat and power systems, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously generates electricity and thermal energy (heat) using a single, integrated system. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, it can give US manufacturers a competitive edge by minimising production costs, reducing carbon pollution and achieving total efficiencies (electrical and thermal) of up to 95 per cent. GE provides a wide array of technologies capable of being configured as a combined heat and power system, including reciprocating engines and gas turbines.

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