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Distributed Generation


In recent years, KSC has moved toward decentralizing its heating plants. In the past, the IACP served as the heating plant for several buildings in addition to being a central chilled water plant. In 2007 a study conducted by FPL recommended decentralizing the VABUA heating system by replacing it with modular, high efficiency boilers that would be dedicated to individual buildings. NASA implemented a project shortly thereafter in which dedicated building boilers were installed for buildings that were served by the Industrial Area Chiller Plant.

Two CHP technologies that may complement the idea of decentralization are currently being reviewed. The two distributed generation technologies outlined are microturbines and fuel cells; each technology allows for interconnection with the utility grid. Any existing building boilers may be used as backup or additional capacity.

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