Cummins Intros Alternative Energy Solutions for School

August 08, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Cummins Northeast Inc., exclusive distributor for Cummins Inc. (Columbus, IN), a leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution and service of electric power generation systems, announced the completion of its Fonda-Fultonville co-generation project in upstate New York. The first grid-independent, co-generation performance project of its kind in a New York school system, it provides the Fonda-Fultonville school district with all the energy necessary to heat and cool its single-campus institution.

"This installation represents a major milestone for the Fonda-Fultonville school district, Cummins Northeast and the State of New York," said Brian Balcom, General Manager for Cummins Northeast Energy Systems. "In this age of rising costs associated with energy production, co-generation is a valued solution to combat high prices while providing reliable, clean energy."

The power facility generates energy at a lower rate through its four, 334 kW natural-gas-fired generators and a 1,000 kW diesel standby generator. While natural gas is consumed to produce electricity, the heat produced from the generator exhaust is captured to produce heat for the building thus replacing the heat that would have been required from the facility's boiler system. The plant also features a 250-ton absorption chiller that lowers electricity consumption by converting waste heat into chilled water that can be used for air conditioning.