To improve its energy efficiency and system security, a pharmaceutical glass company wished to add a new 2,678 kW trigeneration system to its manufacturing facility in Italy. Trigeneration – also known as combined cooling, heat and power – is a process that links a chiller to an onsite cogeneration unit, using some of the heat produced to generate chilled water for air conditioning or refrigeration.
Several issues would complicate the cogeneration unit’s design and construction. Due to the company’s location near a residential area, the unit’s operation would need to meet stringent noise requirements, registering less than 50 dB(A) at 10 meters in an open field. That is roughly the noise level of a normal conversation in a home.
The cogeneration unit and its auxiliary components would also need to fit on a highly constrained site. And it would need to be installed in a short time frame.
Given these challenging project constraints, the manufacturer sought an experienced design and construction partner with expertise in both energy generation and turnkey project delivery. It selected Nidec Industrial Solutions.