This new cogeneration plant building at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) houses a single combustion turbine (Solar Mercury 50 CTG) and an associated heat recovery unit (HRU) for electric power and hot water production. Electric power is produced by the CTG and fed into existing campus 12,000 Volt distribution systems. Hot water is produced by the CTG heat exchanger and fed into the existing campus Central Heat Plant hot water system.
The new, multi-story building is approximately 4,900 square-feet and is designed to meet LEED Silver certification requirements. The building will also contain hot water distribution pumps, electrical equipment, lube oil cooler, emissions monitoring equipment, selective catalytic reduction equipment, piping, control systems and other accessories. A natural gas booster compressor skid, a black-start generator and an isolation transformer will be installed on grade due to space limitations within the building.
The plant site is being constructed with a focus on limiting the impact of construction on existing plant operations and on reusing as much of the existing plant systems as possible, while minimizing the overall footprint on the proposed site. The existing cogeneration facility is being kept operational during most of the new replacement plant construction.