The Pioneer Valley Engineer

 President's Message 

June 2017

Big or small, we all enjoy being informed when a new plant is under construction.  Whether it is the seeing new technology or the potential for new opportunity, a new generating station pokes the interest in all of us.  Recently I was extended an invitation by Brother Pierre Richard, Manager Power Plant and Chief Engineer of Baystate Medical Center, to tour the Central Heat and Power Plant which is under construction.  The $28 million-dollar facility consist of a new 5 MW Solar Turbine, a 28 kpph water tube HRSG with supplemental duct burners, a 900-ton steam absorption chiller, and associated switch gear.  Brother Richard provide an interesting tour describing the hurdles overcoming not only with the location of the facility, but connecting to the current infrastructure and utilizing shared services.  While pieces are on the floor waiting to be connected, Pierre connect the thermodynamic flow of the facility.  There are a articles on line describing more detail about the facility.  I was given permission to provide photos of the current state of the facility to you:



The plant is scheduled to be on line in December and hopefully we can schedule a Chapter tour shortly thereafter.

Our next Chapter meeting is June 7th where we will discuss not only Chapter business, but update the transition of the DPS to Fire Services including the status of the Board of Boiler Rules.





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