A Level I trauma centre in New York City is set to install a combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) system from Rolls-Royce.

The company said it will deliver two 1500 kWe MTU Onsite Energy natural gas-fuelled trigeneration systems to Richmond University Medical Centre on Staten Island through Stewart & Stevenson Power Products – Atlantic Division, an authorized MTU Onsite Energy distributor. The firm will customize, supply and deliver the trigen systems.

The two 50,000-pound units will be housed in a former laundry facility adjacent to the hospital, which has been renovated to comply with sound attenuation regulations.

Developer Innovative Energy Strategies (IES) is managing the project, which is part of a multi-million dollar expansion of the 114-year-old medical centre which aims to substantially increase its treatment capacity.

Overall, the system is expected to generation $1.6m in operational savings per year.

“After we evaluated the equipment, installation and maintenance requirements for the project, IES selected MTU because of the fuel conversion efficiency and the extended maintenance periods that significantly reduce the total cost of ownership,” said Marty Borruso, principal at IES. “Another major factor was the ability of the MTU engines to operate on low pressure gas. This feature is desirable in densely populated urban areas like New York City.”

And Christian Mueller, senior sales engineer at MTU Onsite Energy, said: “These kinds of facilities have a year-round, 24/7 uptime obligation to patients, and we keep that top-of-mind when developing cogeneration solutions.”