Summary

Ford Motor Co. is underway on a 10-year overhaul of its Research and Engineering Center (REC), aimed at modernizing a collection of 60-year old buildings that have stood at the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The transformation includes a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), Campus Distribution Systems, and phased replacement of existing Research and Engineering buildings.

The CEP will replace an aging central steam system and distributed cooling assets with a 3000 ton geothermal system, a 19,000 ton chilled water system, low-temperature water-based energy distribution loops (42°F chilled water and 120°F hot water), 40,000 ton-hours of thermal energy storage, and on-site electrical generation via combined heat and power.

The unique plant fully integrates various energy production assets to maximize reliability, energy efficiency, and long-term operational optionality for Ford.



Project Scope:
  • 34MW of Cogeneration
  • 19,000 Tons of Chilled Water Capacity
  • 5 Million Gallons of Thermal Energy Storage
  • 3,000 Tons of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
  • Tertiary Pumping and Building Metering

Type
Renovations & Expansion

Scope
Low Entropy Campus Design & Central Energy Plant

Size
6 Millions SF

Status
In-Design

50%



New buildings will reduce energy use by about 50 percent, save water and include the new zero-waste, zero-energy, zero-water Sustainability Showcase building

Step
Inside


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