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Cogeneration Takes Flight at JFK Airport Hotel

Saturday, 28 September 2019 10:01


When MCR Development announced in 2015 that it would be converting the TWA Flight Center at John F.Kennedy International Airport into a lobby and retail space for an adjacent six-story hotel, it was a happy day for architecture and aviation enthusiasts.Now,as the $265milion project nears completion in first quarter 2019,another aspect of the hotel is garnering additional interest:its self-contained cogeneration power system,which will reduce the propertys operating costs by an estimated $4milion


Housed on the roof of the north hotel building will be a  combined heat and power plant(CHP) will supply electricity and regulate temperature for the entire property . The CHP plant will connect to a natural gas source,allowing the building to operate on a separate power source from the airport and greatly reduce its energy expenses. The CHP effectively saves us $4 milion a year in operating costs,said Jason Garone,vice president construction ,MCR Development


As Garone put it : Why not build your own power plant and you can get high-pressure gas in and produce your own power,your own thermal energy_and contorl your own destiny