A/Z Corporation Awarded 2013 Project of the Year at the WADE Annual Conference

Boston, USA: The WADE Project of the Year Award recognizes, and honors a successful CHP project and the achievements of the project team for superior performance of project management. The Project of Year 2013 was awarded to A/Z Corporation at the WADE Annual Conference held in Boston in November 2013.

The largest fuel cell in North America is online and successfully producing 14.9+ megawatts (MW) of clean quiet energy in Bridgeport, CT. The fuel cell park consists of five FuelCell Energy DFC-3000 modules rated at 2.8 MW each. The waste heat is captured and utilized in an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine rated 900 kW. This precedent-setting project located in the home state of FuelCell Energy is the successful culmination of a partnership between the public and private sectors.

The project owner, Dominion, currently operates over 23,500 MW of generation throughout the United States. Dominion determined that fuel cells were a technology that they needed to add to their portfolio, and the State of Connecticut made that possible through various incentive programs.

The project was delivered by FuelCell Energy on an Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) basis to Dominion. Based on project incentives, the construction was completed in a nine-month period on a previous industrial brown field site. In order to meet the difficult site conditions and project schedule, FuelCell Energy awarded the construction to A/Z Corporation (A/Z). A/Z (a-zcorp.com) is a design/build contractor with offices throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. A/Z’s previous experience with FuelCell Energy and with in-house design and construction resources made for an ideal partnership.

To drive the aggressive schedule, interim milestones were assigned for each fuel cell module to be online. This allowed a phased approach to start-up, commissioning, and, ultimately, the grid interconnect. Power is supplied to United Illuminating (UI) through three separate utility points of interconnect and each fuel cell as well as the ORC turbine can operate independently.

The project is an ideal example of distributed generation that is easily scalable and includes a high level of reliability and redundancy.

The project will generate enough power to supply approximately 15,000 homes and is expected to support approximately 160 jobs over its 15-year life span. Learn more about the project and fuel cell technology by visiting Dominion’s site: https://www.dom.com/about/stations/fossil/dominion-bridgeport-fuel-cell.jsp.


WADE to present at the 4th China International Distributed Energy and Energy Storage Technology and Equipment Expo & Summit

Beijing, China: Co-organized by WADE, the 4th China International Distributed Energy and Energy Storage Technology and Equipment Expo & Summit is to be held from March 31 – April 2, 2014. The expo is expected to attract manufacturers involved in distributed energy and energy storage who will be showcasing the latest technologies and products.

If you would like to sponsor, exhibit, or attend the event please contact us at info@localpower.org.


WADE-NECHPI CHP Workshop and Tour at Harpoon Brewery

Boston, USA: A technical workshop on CHP system design was held on November 19, 2013 along with a tour of the CHP facility at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston. The workshop included morning and evening sessions with more than 50 attendees in each of the sessions.

Here are the highlights of the workshop:

  • An opportunity to see actual modular CHP supplying heat and power to the brew process and discuss actual project details and summary from the Brewery Director, with full brewery production tour, CHP and beer tasting!
  • Workshop CHP Training (Registered ASHRAE- CPD Course for AIA -4 PE Continuing Education Credits) on applications, proper sizing, electric load duration curve modeling, thermal modeling for hot water, steam and chilled water absorption cooling. Free Software for load duration curves from hourly electric bills.
  • Table Top Engine and Turbine CHP models, top manufacturers walk through the building of a CHP unit onto both types of prime movers, equipment scope and requirements
  • New England’s top CHP installing group studies and discusses start to finish turnkey CHP from a project, permitting, interconnect, emissions and commissioning standpoint, NSTAR and NGRID representatives present for Q&A
  • NGRID and NSTAR Efficiency program managers outline CHP incentive programs and new changes for CHP and how to achieve maximum incentives for your clients.
Attendees of CHP workshop touring the Harpoon Brewery

WADE Presents at Cogen/CHP Asia 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia: On the 14th September 2014, with the support of the Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the International Clean Energy and Sustainability Network (ICESN) launched Cogen/CHP Asia 2013, Indonesia’s first attempt to bring acknowledgement and adoption of cogeneration technology.

The aim of the conference was to bring together important stakeholders that own and operate key energy intensive industries and urban buildings in Indonesia, to interact with policy-makers, government officials and technology providers to increase appreciation for cogeneration’s capabilities within their respective operations. With case-study presentations highlighting key developments and achievements from key companies throughout Indonesia, the conference provided a platform to understand the financial and environmental impact of cogeneration.

Presenting at the conference David Sweet, executive director, WADE discussed global drivers of CHP and Cogeneration and how businesses are reaping the benefits of distributed power.

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