Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Second Century Cogeneration Plant Commissioning

RMF provided commissioning services for the new cogeneration building which houses a 40 MW combined heat and power system at MIT. Two 20 MW combustion turbines form the basis of the plant which complement and eventually replace the 25-year-old 21 MW system originally constructed in their central plant.

RMF’s responsibilities included commissioning design review from concept to CDs and full on-site commissioning and startup support of the plant including pre-functional tests, functional tests, and integrated system tests, including parallel utility operations and turbine and HRSG performance testing per ASME PTC 4.1 & PCT 22.

LocationCambridge, Massachusetts


MarketHigher Education


Islanding capabilities and black start capability

24,000 SG multi-story plant addition

Two 20 MW natural gas and distillate fuel oil fired combustion turbine generators

Two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (74,000 PPH each unfired at 215 psig, 450°F and 180,000 PPH with duct firing)

New supplemental 13.8 kV utility company (Eversource) electrical feeders

New supplemental 13.8 kV electrical power feeds to MIT campus buildings

Resiliency features to resist flooding, super-storms and earthquakes

New natural gas service

Second Century Cogeneration Plant CommissioningMassachusetts Institute of Technology