Lockheed Martin and Whiting Turner have won a $15 million contract from Department of Veterans Affairs to install a biomass steam-generation system to produce heat and power.
The VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., will be outfitted with a fully automated system that uses biomass byproducts–such as wood chips and bark–to generate clean, steam-powered energy.
Lockheed Martin opened its own biomass facility in 2008 as part of the its “Go Green” initiative. By switching from fuel oil to wood chips, the project has reduced the plant’s heating and cooling bills by half and reduced its carbon footprint by 25 percent.
“We recognize the critical need to reduce the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and significantly increase clean energy generation,” said Chris Myers, Lockheed Martin vice president for energy and government programs. “The success of our biomass system demonstrates our ability to design cost efficient, renewable energy systems, helping to secure a clean energy future.”
Lockheed Martin will build, install and test the equipment as well as train VA on how to maintain the biomass system. Whiting Turner will provide onsite construction leadership and work with VA to integrate the biomass system.