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Of ce Building
1350 Avenue of the Americas
It’s easy to locate 1350 Avenue of the Americas (AOA) during a blackout in New York City – it’s the place with the lights on.
The building is a beacon in the darkness because it doesn’t fully rely on Consolidated Edison for its power – thanks to natural-gas microturbines from Capstone Turbine that generate electricity and heat onsite.
On the 16th oor set-back roof of the 35-story building sit 12 Capstone C65 High Pressure Dual Mode ICHP units that create an individual power plant generating 780kW of clean and secure electricity – about 35 percent of the building’s day-to-day electricity needs – regardless of the status of the aging electric grid surrounding it.
The power plant of Capstone microturbines is owned and operated by Of cePower Inc., a Connecticut-based company that offers multi- tenant of ce building owners an option that once was impossible: energy independence and nancial competitiveness.
Of cePower is teaming with Capstone to increase the facility’s power reliability and overall asset value by reducing 1350 AOA’s consumption of grid power during high-cost peak periods. In addition, the Capstone microturbines provide thermal energy that carry up
to 80 percent of the building’s heating load during colder months.
A Capstone Heat Recovery Module is installed on the top of each microturbine, capturing exhaust heat energy normally unused and sent into the atmosphere.
“In the of ce space real-estate market, the newest amenity that
is rapidly becoming a necessity is a building’s ability to deliver power,” said Joel Wilson, CEO of Of cePower. “Energy is the raw material
for production of nancial services, legal, accounting, and other similar enterprises.”
At a glance
Manhattan, New York, USA
• 2006 – 12 Capstone C60 High Pressure Dual Mode ICHP units
• 2008 – all 12 microturbines upgraded to C65 High Pressure Dual Mode ICHP units
• 12 Capstone C65 High Pressure Dual Mode ICHP units generating 780kW of clean-and- secure electricity.
• Capstone Heat Recovery Module on each microturbine captures exhaust heat energy.
• Of cePower Inc., a Connecticut-based company that offers multi-tenant of ce building owners energy independence and nancial competitiveness.
• Building: 1350 Avenue of the Americas, a 35-story of ce tower in Manhattan.
• Capstone microturbines provide 35% of building’s day-to-day electricity needs and up to 80% of heating needs.
• The microturbines are 2 to 2.5 times more ef cient than a central re plant.
• Microturbines cut the CO2 footprint in half, or better.
• During a “grid event” the microturbines recon gure near-seamlessly to provide back- up power to designated “protected” loads.
• Building’s total power costs are never more than the cost of remaining tied to the grid.
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