Siemens has won a $24.6 million contract to install, operate and maintain a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at a US Army base in Germany.

The plant will be located at the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) in the city of Sembach. The base also houses the headquarters of the US Army NATO Brigade, the European Regional Medical Command, television and radio broadcaster American Forces Network Europe and the 18th military police brigade.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens is to install the CHP plant and a building automation and control system (BAS). The company’s Desigo CC BAS will link a central hot water facility, to include boilers and the CHP plant, with 54 heating substations.

A microgrid is planned to be added in future to enable the base to operate some buildings off the grid.  

According to Siemens, the new system will save the base over 33% in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by 26%.

The project will be implemented by Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), which the company says is its first such contract with a US military facility outside the US.

ESPCs are aimed at encouraging US federal agencies to reduce their power consumption by enabling energy conservation projects with no capital costs.