Jaffrey, NH – June 4 saw the ribbon cutting of the new energy-efficient, 20 MMBtu Biomass Central Heating Plant at EMD-Millipore’s Jaffrey campus, a project that had been in planning since 2007. Designed and managed by RDK Engineers, the $9 million project’s focus on sustainable energy has revolutionized the Jaffrey facility’s cost-effectiveness. As the largest plant of its type in New Hampshire serving an industrial facility, the Biomass Central Heating Plant really is, as EMD Millipore’s Kate Cingolani puts it, “a model to look to” in the state.
Led by RDK principal and project manager, Dan Wall, PE, LEED AP, the project involved replacing the 14 oil-fired boilers for steam, heating, and process loads, and transitioning them to a biomass system for sustainable energy. The biomass plant saves on both heating and cooling, controls emissions, and enables future on-site turbine-generated electricity production. The project also greatly improves “firm, fixed capacity” to ensure uninterrupted manufactory.
Gary Blanchette, PE, from H.L. Turner Group, Inc., that provided architectural, structural and civil engineering for RDK, stated, “We needed to design a facility with high aesthetic and functional qualities that Millipore’s medical and pharmaceutical customers come to expect. The Biomass Project achieved that goal and in the process, the nearly 300,000sf facility also eliminated the use of fossil fuel boilers and significantly reduced Millipore’s production of greenhouse gasses.”