Scott Clark

Scott Clark
Principal and General Manager
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Tim Burkhalter

Tim Burkhalter
Business Development Manager
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Combined Heat & Power: <BR>Promising Portfolio-Builder

Combined Heat & Power:
Promising Portfolio-Builder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) considers combined heat and power (CHP) to be one of the most promising options in the U.S. energy efficiency portfolio because of its low greenhouse gas emissions, high energy efficiency, potential for nationwide implementation and ability to relieve the burden of increasing demand on the electric grid. As a result, the DOE is encouraging the nation to add CHP generation to reach 20 percent, or 240,900 MW, of U.S. power generation capacity by 2030.

CHP can cost-effectively provide 100 percent of a facility's day-to-day electric and thermal energy needs, while simultaneously satisfying all or a portion of backup generation requirements.

Engineering Ingenuity

Recognized as an industry leader in CHP, Burns & McDonnell was the only engineering and construction firm selected by the DOE to develop on-site CHP systems. Our OnSite Energy & Power team has experience designing, building, permitting and interconnecting CHP plants as large as 200 MW and as small as 500 kW for universities, hospitals, large office buildings, data centers, corporate and government campuses, and large international airports.

To offset the costs of your CHP system, we develop financial and economic cost models, prepare grant applications and arrange partnerships with local utilities. Burns & McDonnell has the ingenuity and internal resources to develop and implement a CHP project that efficiently and cost-effectively meets your facility's energy needs.

  • Commissioning
  • Concept design
  • Constructability reviews
  • Construction
  • Cost estimating
  • Design-build
  • Detailed design
  • Economic analysis
  • Electrical interconnection
  • Environmental permitting
  • Feasibility studies using CHP partnership process
  • Financial modeling
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Preliminary design
  • Project cost development
  • Project financing assistance
  • Startup assistance
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CHP level I-II studies

In the video below, Steve Swinson, president and CEO of Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO), explains how Burns & McDonnell's innovative solutions have helped TECO implement its central utility plant master plan at the Texas Medical Center.

Capital cost reduction: Packaged CHP systems can cut system capital costs by 15% to 30%.

Shorter and less expensive installation: An Integrated Energy System (IES) can reduce CHP system installation time by as much as two-thirds and provide corresponding installation cost savings.

Replicability: Packaged system designs are suitable for multiple applications in facilities around the country.

Optimized facility energy use: Packaged systems allow facility operators to manage power generation, cooling and heating to optimize energy use as well as reduce electricity use during peak periods.

Simplified systems: The use of exhaust-fired absorption chillers eliminates the need for steam/hot water generation equipment.

Modularity: This system can be built up in modular increments matched to your facility needs and can be easily expanded as the need arises.

  • Energy uses for prototype Integrated Energy System (IES): electricity to local area and electric grid; chilled water for air conditioning and inlet air cooling for gas turbine; space heating for IES plant.
  • Cost savings through efficiency: as high as 70% to 80%.
  • Integrated control system that will allow ease of operations and remote monitoring.
  • Modular design will be adaptable to meet various capacity requirements, space limitations and grid interconnection.
  • Improve reliability with proven on-site generation technologies that isolate facilities from grid power quality problems and outages.


Powerful Project: New Parkland Hospital to Rely on Central Utility Plant

Powerful Project: New Parkland Hospital to Rely on Central Utility Plant

As Parkland Hospital moves into a new, larger health care campus, it draws all essential thermal, electric, water and emergency utilities from a new central utility plant designed by Burns & McDonnell.

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District Energy Feature: Dallas's Mega Health Care Project

District Energy Feature: Dallas's Mega Health Care Project

The new Parkland Hospital is served by state-of-the-art central plant, a $74 million facility providing essential thermal, electric, water and emergency utilities to the campus buildings. Resiliency, sustainability and long-term operational flexibility became the driving forces that shaped the design of the plant.

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