The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) found that existing backup generators could no longer support power needs during power outages. To ensure continuous patient care, UM UCMC decided on cost-effective combined heat and power (CHP).
UM UCMC worked with local Cat® dealer Alban Power Systems to install a new Cat G3516H natural gas-fired generator set for 2 MW of power. The G3516H can simultaneously provide electricity for electrical loads and heat energy for thermal requirements. The system also uses waste heat to produce steam to create cool water for air conditioning. These byproducts of a CHP system make it more efficient than traditional energy systems.
When combined with the existing diesel generator, the system can power 65 percent of campus loads and 90 percent of healthcare occupancy loads. While it operates at about 60 percent of its capacity, the G3516H can crank up to full power during an outage to help meet energy needs at UM UCMC.
With a priority need for a high-efficiency generator set that could meet emissions reduction levels, the CHP system and the G3516H was a great fit for UM UCMC. Alban continues to provide support with parts, training, and maintenance services as needed.