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Salem Community College

Soon after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Salem County Red Cross in Carneys Point, New Jersey asked the nearby community college to continue its 15-year tradition of serving as the local Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelter.

However, the updated agreement stipulated Salem Community College must have a back-up power system that provides electricity, cooling, and heating to Davidow Hall – the 65,000-square-foot campus building that serves as the county’s shelter during emergencies.

Of cials at the 1,500-student college, eager to continue serving the community, agreed to upgrade the power system in Davidow Hall to comply with the agreement. They also knew a more ef cient energy system to serve the building’s day-to-day power, cooling, and heating needs could save the college signi cant amounts of money each year.

The massive building – one of the largest in this rural New Jersey county – houses a gymnasium that can hold 1,000 people during emergencies, a 400-seat performing-arts theater, classrooms, kitchens, of ce space, showers, and bathrooms. In a nutshell, Davidow Hall is an ideal facility for an emergency shelter. During non-emergency times, it’s a bustling campus facility full of students, instructors, and regular community activities.

Raymond Constantine, Executive Director of Special Projects for Salem Community College, led the college’s efforts to secure updated and clean power and HVAC systems. Through New Jersey’s Public Utility SmartStart Incentive Program, the college received a US$130,000 grant that helped fund the purchase of three Capstone natural-gas C65 ICHP MicroTurbines®, a 100-ton dual burner Thermax absorption chiller, and a Capstone Advanced Power Server (APS) controller.

At a glance


Carneys Point, New Jersey, USA




Natural gas


• 3 Capstone C65 ICHP MicroTurbines used in a combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) application.

• 100-ton dual burner Thermax absorption chiller.

• Capstone Advanced Power Server controller monitors the building’s load changes and automatically shuts down the microturbine with the most run hours when it’s not needed, for example, on weekends or in the late evening when students are gone.

• 9-year Factory Protection Plan with remote monitoring.


• The 3 Capstone ICHP microturbines produce more than 80% of Davidow Hall’s electricity and 100% of the building’s heating and cooling each day.

• Dual-mode system is stand alone capable in the event of utility power loss.

• The microturbine system allows Salem Community College to be an approved Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelter.

• Of cials anticipate a 30% overall energy savings.

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