Late in 2003, Carol Smith, the Facilities Director at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, had just noticed how high the electricity bills were getting when marketing information from Sustainable Energy Solutions Inc. caught her eye. She responded to learn more about how combined heat and power could reduce their energy costs.
By March 2004, a CHP system had been installed in the 123-bed long-term care facility. That was followed in May 2004 by another system in the adjoining assisted living facility, which houses 200 people.
Each building has a 75 kW natural gasfired engine that is run continuously. These provide 75% of the electricity used on site, and the hot water output is enough to satisfy all of the facility’s domestic hot water demand and much of the space heating.