October 2, 2006

Emergency power a key feature of new cogen system at long-term care facility

VAUGHAN, ONT-A cogeneration system commissioned September 19 at Villa Charities' newly-constructed Villa Colombo Vaughan long-term care facility is being heralded as a first of its kind in Ontario. The natural gas-fired combined heat and emergency power (CHeP) system offers combined on-site generation, producing both electricity and heat for the facility. What makes this project unique, says the company, is that the system will provide secure, uninterrupted emergency standby power generation. Villa Charities completed the project in partership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the city of Vaughan, OZZ Corporation, Enbridge Gas Distribution and PowerStream. Powered by a GE Jenbacher turbo-charged engine generator set, Villa Colombo Vaughan's CHeP design also incorporates an electrical load shed control system that will allow for load shedding of selected building loads during grid power failures, and an Internet-based remote monitoring and control system, developed by OZZ Corporation, that will allow remote monitoring and operation/control of various system points. Located in the town of Kleinburg, the 160-bed Villa Colombo Vaughan is slated to open to residents in-mid October.

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