HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 2, 2002 — GE Power Systems announced the successful completion of a power plant upgrade project at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Vanderbilt has been using steam to generate power for over 15 years with its coal-fired boilers and steam turbines and has recently added two GE5 industrial aeroderivative gas turbines, with heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), to satisfy 30% of the campus load.
The 10-megawatt facility will supply approximately 60,000 lbs of steam to support the heating and cooling systems for both the University and the new Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital located on the south side of the campus.
Installation began in August of 2001, and was completed on May 24, 2002 when Vanderbilt declared the plant commercial. The units are located inside a newly constructed building. With the exception of the stacks, the new building goes virtually unnoticed by the dormitory located just 100 feet away.
The five-megawatt GE5 turbines operate on natural gas and utilize a dry low emission (DLE) combustor to meet local environmental regulations. The units will primarily be operated in conjunction with the grid, but are capable of operating in island mode and have demonstrated the ability to withstand a complete load rejection without tripping and remain on-line. In addition to the equipment, GE will be providing plant maintenance for the next six years.
Since its creation in 1970, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has shared facilities with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Due to the growing need for advanced health care for children in middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama, the construction of a new free-standing building was started in May 2000 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-2003.
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