MILFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER MICROGRID

LOCATION: Milford, MA

DESIGN START: January 2015

SIZE & TECHNOLOGY: 800 kW Reciprocating Engine

IN-SERVICE: December 2015

FIRM ROLE: Engineering, Construction, Commissioning


The installation of a new combined heat and power (CHP) system at the Milford Regional Medical Center was executed as a fast track project by Waldron. Milford was looking for cost savings and resiliency for their campus. The new CHP system included a packaged 800 kW natural gas fired Caterpillar engine and waste heat recovery. Heat from the jacket water system and the engine exhaust are utilized to produce 15 psig steam for the hospital low pressure system. Energy from the engine lube oil system was recovered and utilized for the domestic hot water system. The CHP system will provide operational cost savings and in the event of a power outage, could supplement the emergency diesel engines to provide power to the hospital. The project was completed in 10 months, from notice to proceed to utility acceptance testing.


600 kW and 600 kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) operating in parallel with the existing CHP and utility. The ESS has the capability to black start the CHP and together can operate isolated from the Grid. With this new ESS addition, Milford Hospital established a highly resilient microgrid system with the option to add PV or other renewable generations.


This project is endorsed by MA Dept of Energy Resource (DOER) Resilience Program. An economic benefit of ESS, is that it is able to do peak shaving to reduce the overall energy costs.


Scope of work included:

  • Construction Permitting

  • Balance of Point—Detailed Design

  • Review CAT Supplied Equipment Submittals

  • Elevated Gas Permit Variance

  • Construction

  • Commissioning