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Argonne National Laboratory CHP Plant

Stanley Consultants was contracted by Noresco to provide preliminary design and permit a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) steam plant in Argonne, Illinois.  

ANL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research in energy, the environment, and national security.  

The proposed ANL CHP unit will be a natural gas-fired combustion turbine generating power and a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) producing useful thermal energy for ANL campus heating.  A duct burner will be installed on the HRSG to increase steam supply during peak loads in the winter months.  The HRSG will also incorporate a fresh air firing fan to allow the HRSG to operate and produce full load when the gas turbine is down.  The new equipment will be located in a new building immediately adjacent to the existing powerhouse.

The existing facility will provide boiler feedwater and the steam produced from the HRSG will be routed to the existing steam distribution system in the powerhouse.  The new building will be architecturally compatible with other existing campus facilities.  

The air permitting of the project requires a review of both PSD and NAA New Source Review applicability for the Chicago ozone and PM2.5 nonattainment areas, as well as a netting analysis to determine final project emissions.  The client and Stanley Consultants will continue to meet with the Illinois EPA to facilitate the permitting of the project.