How long will a CHP plant operate? This question comes up routinely. The answer is simple– for as long as the CHP plant is properly maintained. Case in point– the CHP plant at Clifton Springs Hospital. First commissioned in 1994, it has been in continuous 24/7 operation since. This plant in a mission–critical setting delivers 99% overall availability, 365 days per year. Thermal output is used to heat the hospital and run a central absorption chiller of 300 tons. System efficiency is between 85% to 90%. Of special note is the fact the plant is located above an operation theater, and has to be especially quiet and vibration-free.
Clifton Springs Hospital and CHP Plant