Phoenix Contact has installed a new combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) system that will generate enough electricity to power the company’s U.S. headquarters approximately 65 percent of the time. As part of the company’s Earth Day activities, Phoenix Contact leaders and other officials today held a wire-cutting ceremony to symbolically disconnect the facility from the electric grid.
Jack Nehlig, President of Phoenix Contact USA, stated,
“Earth Day is a great reminder we all need to make smart decisions to help our environment. At Phoenix Contact, we realize we have a large energy footprint and have chosen to help our region and the world by making a significant investment to generate our own power in a more environmentally friendly way.”
The CCHP system is composed of five 200 kW Capstone microturbines packaged in a single container, a 300-ton exhaust-fired absorption chiller and a 5,000-BTU heat exchanger. The turbines are driven by the thermal dynamics of the facility and can generate up to 1 megawatt of electricity. The system can also heat and/or cool the facility, independent of external sources. As the turbines generate energy, they vent the exhaust heat byproduct through either the building’s absorption chiller or its heat exchanger to regulate the temperatures of the building’s chilled and hot water supplies. That demand will determine how much electricity the system will generate, while reducing the amount of waste Phoenix Contact produces.
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