The New Yorker Hotel, located in the heart of New York City and home to Nikola Tesla during the last ten years of his life, has won a Milestone Award in Electrical Engineering and Computing from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for having the largest privately-owned on-site CHP plant in the United States when the hotel opened 78 years ago in 1929.
The DC plant installed at the hotel, was capable of supplying a city of 35,000 people. Steam engines drove electric generators, with exhaust steam used for heating and other facilities. The installation used more than two hundred DC motors.
Dr. Alexander B. Magoun, a member of the IEEE History Committee, said, ‘In the case of The New Yorker Hotel’s power plant, its designers created a model of efficiency that sets an example of environmental as well as economic consideration, one that their successors should follow two and three generations later.’
IEEE established its Electrical Engineering Milestones programme in 1983 in order to honour significant achievements in the history of electrical and electronics engineering.