Fairbanks Morse Genset Selected for Power Plant Expansion at Houston VA
Tier 4i-Compliant Dual-Fuel CHP System to Run on Biodiesel and Natural Gas
BELOIT, Wis. -- November 12, 2013
Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries (NYSE: NPO) company, will supply a
3 MW combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system to general contractor SpawGlass for
a power plant expansion at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in
The Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel, opposed-piston, engine-driven system is
designed to operate on either biodiesel fuel or natural gas and has been
selected for its ability to meet the multiple requirements set for the
project, said Steve Smith, Fairbanks Morse sales manager for the project.
These requirements include helping the facility meet the VA’s requirements for
the amount of power to be generated from renewable resources. Other project
considerations were energy efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility and the
ability to meet stringent local emissions regulations.
The 12-cylinder, turbo-blower Fairbanks Morse genset will be a standby power
unit. When in use, it will operate for a designated period on B99 biodiesel
fuel, and for the remainder of its operating time, on natural gas, with a one
percent biodiesel pilot. The electricity the system generates will be sent to
the grid, offsetting the VA’s power consumption from the local utility. Heat
from the engine will be recovered and used to heat water for the hospital.
The 3 MW Fairbanks Morse genset is one component of a 12 MW power plant
expansion which will also include several smaller gensets fueled solely by
biodiesel. This configuration is expected to provide the maximum in operating
flexibility and dependability within the VA’s requirements for a reliable
power supply and power generation from renewable energy sources.
Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel, opposed-piston engines have proven their
reliability, logging millions of hours of running time in a wide variety of
critical applications including base-load, peak-shaving and standby power
generation. Fairbanks Morse engines also are a mainstay for emergency power
generation on the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines.
About Fairbanks Morse Engine
Fairbanks Morse is a worldwide leader in diesel and dual-fuel engine
technology and manufacturing. The company’s mission is to provide the highest
quality diesel and dual-fuel engines and generator sets, OEM parts, and
factory trained field service support. Fairbanks Morse is a trusted provider
of reliable engine drive solutions for a wide range of critical applications.
These include base-load and standby power generation, emergency back-up power
for nuclear plants, and ship propulsion and shipboard power for the U.S. Navy,
the U.S. Coast Guard and commercial vessels. More information is available at
About EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO)
EnPro Industries, Inc. is a leader in sealing products, metal polymer and
filament wound bearings, components and service for reciprocating compressors,
diesel and dual-fuel engines and other engineered products for use in critical
applications by industries worldwide. For more information about EnPro, visit
Fairbanks Morse Engine
Sheila Gailloreto, 608-364-8485
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