Created exclusively by DTE Energy, an "ultra-low" emission energy infrastructure of the future will soon power Ford Motor Company's Research and Engineering Center (REC) located on its Dearborn campus.
DTE will build, own and operate a host of advanced sustainability systems including natural air flow ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, and solar in a state-of-the-art energy infrastructure serving the REC.
"Ford and DTE have a long history of working together, and the REC development offered another opportunity for our companies to collaborate on a major sustainability project," said Dave Ruud, president of DTE's Power and Industrial (P&I) Group. "This partnership will deliver the reliable and efficient energy Ford needs for many years to come."
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DTE's infrastructure scope includes constructing, owning and operating a highly efficient, gas-fired combined heat and power plant, chilled and hot water systems, distribution systems, thermal energy storage and a geothermal system designed to increase the efficiency of the chilled and hot water facilities. DTE will employ advanced technologies to achieve high levels of sustainability and improvements in overall campus energy efficiency:
The REC will leverage DTE investments using advanced HVAC technologies like Chilled Beam and Variable Refrigerant Flow systems in conjunction with advanced sustainability
features. All new buildings are expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and reduced energy usage of approximately 50 percent when compared with the existing campus office space.
Nearby DTE customers also benefit
These upgrades will benefit local DTE customers as the infrastructure improvements made in Dearborn will enhance energy reliability and availability in the area.
DTE Electric and DTE Gas will continue to be Ford's electric and natural gas suppliers. The P&I Group will construct and operate DTE's energy infrastructure on site and own the DTE infrastructure, with the exception of the CHP and solar assets.
"The P&I group has a long history of providing 'on-site' energy solutions designed to increase energy efficiency, improve reliability and sustainability for our customers," Ruud added. The REC project will be the latest and most significant of many collaborations between Ford and P&I.
Services under the agreements are expected to commence following completion of construction in December 2019.
SOURCE DTE Energy