The Capstone turbine combined heat & power CHP system in SUNY ESF’s Gateway Center is part of a power system that provides 60% of campus heat needs and 20% of campus electricity, saving the college $520,000 in utility expense annually. The Capstone CHP system can power the building’s critical loads in a utility outage, providing a resilience benefit to the campus as well.
GEM Energy supplied the CHP equipment package, performed startup and commissioning and currently maintains the system under a factory protection plan. The system is capable of powering the building in a utility outage.
A benefit to students in the Sustainable Energy Management degree program, SUNY-ESF Gateway Center’s ‘living laboratory’ allows them to observe and work directly with a sustainable energy system as part of the classroom experience.