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Research Project Summary Information

Cabrini Terrace CHP Demonstrat(ST11085-1)

Cabrini Terrace Owners Corp.


Cabrini Terrace is a 217 unit, multi-family residence building on the northern tip of Manhattan. The site has taken advantage of a number of other NYSERDA programs in its efforts to become more energy efficient, including conversion to sub-metering and the installation of a 50 kW photovoltaic system. The site has a summer electric peak demand of 320 kW, consumes over 1,100MWh of electricity per year, and over 120,000 gal/yr of number-6 oil. The site is located in a Con Ed designated “red zone” where grid connection of synchronous generators is not permitted due to substation limitations.

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Project Description

Two Coast Intelligen Power Systems C155, 55 kW internal combustion engine based, pre-packaged, CHP systems will be installed. One of the units will be equipped with an induction generator and will be connected through the building’s distribution system to the grid. The other unit will be equipped with a synchronous generator and will be connected to an islanded priority load. This priority load will use grid-supplied power as backup to the CHP system. Thermal energy recovered from the two CHP units will be used to provide hot water to the site.


The system will provide continuous electric power to priority loads, including an elevator, lighting in hallways and stairs, lobby lighting, and space conditioning. The CHP system will reduce summer peak electric demand by 100 kW, reduce annual electric consumption by over 563 MWh, and reduce number-6 fuel oil consumption by 28,000 gallons/yr.

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Cabrini Terrace Owners Corp.
45 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Principle Investigator

Jim Dwyer

Universities Involved


Project Type:

On-site Power Production

Technologies Types:

Reciprocating Engine

NYSERDA Contact Information

Edward Kear


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 9/4/2009 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST11085-1

Last Updated: 4/27/2012