Combined heat and power to backbone Ford research complex

Ford’s new Research and Engineering Center is moving forward, with combined heat and power (CHP) and geothermal on-site power set to play a key part in its energy strategy.

The project’s permit recently was approved by the Air Quality Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and work on the site’s CHP plant is expected to be completed by December 2019.
Ford's new Research and Engineering Center  PROJECTED
The approval includes the installation and operation of two natural gas-fired turbines and an emergency generator on the property at 1641 Caroll Shelby Way East.

Press & Guide website reports that the proposed equipment will supply steam to Ford and electricity to the grid. The plant is part of a $1 billion infrastructure investment by Ford to transform the REC into a green, high-tech campus.

Other advanced sustainability systems will include geothermal heating and cooling.

The company insists that the new plant will improve air quality, enhance energy reliability and reduce air emissions in the area by using cleaner technologies.

DTE Energy, who will provide the energy equipment for the project, maintain that the plant will produce less gas than Ford’s existing boilers. Overall, DTE projects a 98 percent decrease in carbon monoxide emissions, a 66 percent decrease in nitrogen oxide and an 18 percent decrease in overall greenhouse gases.

“To the contrary, the effect of the entire project will result in improvements in air quality,” Fadi Mourad, director of environmental strategy for DTE’s Power and Industrial Group, said at a March 20th community meeting about the project.

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