|Profile: Shapiro Developmental Center|
The Shapiro Developmental Center, located in Kankakee, Illinois, is in the process of installing a cogeneration system. The Shapiro hospital complex which is
operated by the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health has been producing their own power using steam turbines since the early 1900s. Creative
Engineering of Chicago was selected to design the cogeneration system and Leverenz Electric of Danville, Illinois was selected as the installing contractor.
Charles Equipment Company, the local Waukesha distributor, is providing the total equipment package for the new power plant. The selected generators are (2)
Waukesha Model VHP3600GSI Enginators which can be operated continuously at 575 kw each using 130°F intercooler water and will replace the existing
turbines. The ebulliently cooled Enginators will be producing low pressure steam using Maxim TRP steam generators for complex heating and cooling. Other
system components include Amercool radiators, Fisher controls and Zenith switchgear.
The new plant will operate during Edison's (CECo) peak energy period, which is 9 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday. It is expected to be on line and fully
operational by the last quarter of 1996.