Honeywell and the US Army have announced a $61-million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center that will cut energy use by approximately 35 percent, and generate up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings.
The Army launched the technology center upgrades through a 20-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell that was awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala. Honeywell guarantees the improvements will generate the target savings, which should repay the investment used to fund the work. As a result, the project requires no capital or additional taxpayer dollars upfront.
The 1.5-million-square-foot JMTC manufactures a wide variety of metal parts and systems for the Department of Defense, and is part of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison located in Rock Island, Ill., the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the US.
JMTC accounts for two-thirds of the Garrison’s overall energy consumption. So along with the immediate savings, the project will help the Garrison meet the requirements of a 2009 Presidential executive order that calls for federal facilities to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015.
As part of the project, Honeywell will implement a variety of facility improvements including installing high-efficiency HVAC systems, such as on-premise natural-gas heating that will allow the facility to disconnect from the Garrison’s central coal-fired steam plant.
Another major upgrade is new plating and paint systems for the technology center. Almost 90 percent of the parts produced at the facility go through plating and paint, receiving the surface coatings necessary to build hardened, durable components for Army equipment.
The project will save nearly 5.5 million kWh of electricity each year — enough energy to power almost 490 homes on average. In addition, the Honeywell work is expected to deliver environmental benefits. As a result of transitioning to natural-gas heating, for example, annual coal use at the central plant will drop by approximately 12,000 tons.
With one of the largest EPA air permits in Illinois, this will significantly reduce the Garrison’s eco-footprint, cutting an estimated 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of removing more 6,300 cars from the road.
Honeywell and the Army will begin the project this month and expect to complete the upgrades by the first half of 2017.