For almost a decade, Honeywell and Fort Bragg, one of the largest military installations in the world, and home to more than 40,000 U.S. soldiers and their families, have worked to reduce campus-wide energy use and mitigate operating costs. In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the organizations for their efforts with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. Fort Bragg was one of two Department of Defense installations to receive this honor.
The Fayetteville, N.C plant is powered by a combustion turbine-generator that produces up to 5 megawatts of electricity. Waste heat from the turbine is recovered to create nearly 27,000 pounds of steam per hour, which is then used to meet the post’s heating and hot-water needs. This has helped to significantly increase energy efficiency at Fort Bragg and reduced reliance on the local utility grid, consuming 18 percent less fuel than a conventional system and an estimated 12,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to removing 2,400 cars from the road, according to figures from the EPA. It has also reduced the post’s energy costs by an estimated $1 million annually.