Mercury Rising – Part 1

Bradley Bathgate, PE
President and Practicing Principal at PWI Engineering

With all of the talk of Combined Heat and Power, CHP, Cogeneration, Cogen, and Distributed Generation there are a lot of medical facilities and academic institutions that want to reduce the costs of producing energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and make a resilient infrastructure. Feasibility studies are the start of this process, and in our company’s opinion one of the most important parts. Don’t ever fall for the free feasibility study. This study will be the road map to the future. I always make the analogy that if you are having a medical problem, you go to the doctor that is going to give you the best advice that is proven with experience, not the one on the corner giving out the free advice. Find the firm that has the most experience and will give you a study that you will feel comfortable sitting in front of your boss and asking for millions of dollars, and possibly putting your job on the line. Read more “Mercury Rising – Part 1”

The Additional Considerations for N+1 with CHP at a Hospital.

Bradley Bathgate, PE
President and Practicing Principal at PWI Engineering
I was recently asked about the reliability of CHP at a hospital and what the thoughts were about having redundant units, known as N+1, or a standby CHP System. Although resilient and reliable at first thought, the ramifications of N+1 for constant power/thermal generation can be costly in the beginning and throughout the life of the plant. With CHP you are now integrating yourself more into other parts of the energy and infrastructure industries than before with the traditional systems. Let’s break things down to better grasp understanding.

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Continued Increase in Demand for Engineering Courses Welcomed

As skill shortages continue, Engineers Ireland has welcomed a 10 per cent increase in the number of students receiving a round one offer to study a Level 8 engineering course.

The professional membership body for engineers in Ireland encouraged those who received a CAO offer of an engineering course to accept their offer and pursue a career in a rewarding sector that provides limitless opportunities.

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New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Project Award

NJ Alliance for Action paid tribute to more than 400 contracting, developer, engineering, higher education, utility, labor and other leaders for billions of dollars worth of ongoing construction work at New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects. PWI was the recipient for the Cooper University Hospital’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant in Camden, New Jersey. Brad Bathgate was the Project Manager and accepts the award on behalf of PWI. (Pictured left end)
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Engineering Reports: A New Broad Scope Open Access Journal

We undoubtedly live in one of the fastest evolving times, with scientific and technological advances permeating our daily lives at a relentless “race-for-space” -like pace. The diversity, breadth, and implications of this new technological revolution are unprecedented. Some refer to this era as the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Second Machine Age; a time of changes and disruptions characterized by pioneering digital technologies that tightly connect physical, digital, and biological worlds.
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Lancaster County is a rapidly growing region and home to over 500,000 residents that make up its 200,000 family households. As the only trauma center in the area, Lancaster General Hospital’s vision was to serve as a fully-functioning sanctuary in the event of any natural disaster or power interruption—to be known as “The Light on the Hill.” The loss of electricity is