Rolls-Royce will deliver two MTU Onsite Energy natural gas-fueled combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) trigeneration systems to Richmond University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in Staten Island, New York (USA). 

The trigeneration project is being managed by developer Innovative Energy Strategies (IES) and is part of a multi-million-dollar facility expansion adding a substantial increase in treatment capacity. As one of two Level I trauma centers on Staten Island, Richmond University Medical Center recognized the importance of alternative power supply solutions, especially after experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

Stewart & Stevenson Power Products – Atlantic Division, an authorized MTU Onsite Energy distributor, won a competitive bid to customize, supply, and deliver the two-natural gas-fueled CCHP trigeneration systems. 

“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 reduces 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.”

Rated at 1,500 kWe each and guaranteeing performance under high ambient conditions, the CCHP units will provide clean and efficient continuous power to the 114-year-old trauma center. 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 rules and regulations. The units will quietly blend into the background sounds of what is a highly concentrated residential area and will be protected inside the structure from external conditions.

“MTU Onsite Energy is a long-time partner to critical care facilities like the Richmond University Medical Center,” said Christian Mueller, senior sales engineer, MTU Onsite Energy. “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. MTU Onsite Energy is proud to offer peace of mind with the promise of cooling, heating and power to trauma centers when they need it most.”

The brand MTU Onsite Energy is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, a world-leader in diesel and gas-based power and propulsion systems for a wide variety of applications.