Project Description

DeMaria was hired to complete the Co-Generation Energy System project via the Design/Build delivery method at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.

The project included the design and construction of steam and electricity systems that result in the lowest delivered energy cost for the VA Medical Center utilizing renewable resources (wood chips) as fuel. The energy plant delivers 2 megawatts of electricity to the campus and generates substantial lifecycle savings to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Highlights Include:
– Exterior: Brick and Metal Panel. Meets the requirements of the Historical Preservation Act
– Boiler Capacity: 24,000 lbs/hr of super heated steam
– Boiler feed by woody biomass, up to 35 tons per day
– Electrical Generation: Steam turbine generator producing up to 2,000 kw of power
– Steam Production: Steam that would otherwise be wasted is sent to the campus for heating
– System provides enough heat to shut down completely the new boiler plant for six months
– System provides up to 100% of the electrical needs for the campus
– Emissions: Equal to a steam plant running on natural gas

Project Highlights

BUDGET: 16,000,000

OWNER: Department of Veterans Affairs