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May 22, 2019   |   The Wall Street Journal


TWA Hotel Doesn’t Need City’s Power Grid. It Has Its Own.

The new TWA Hotel at New York’s Kennedy Airport is a throwback to the days of Jet-Age design, but it relies on an innovative use of modern technology to power the property.

The 512-room hotel complex, which opened for business last week, draws energy from its own, self-sufficient power plant. It was designed to efficiently generate electricity and hot water without any connection to the city’s larger power grid.

The hotel’s $15 million plant—often called a cogeneration power system—is located atop one of the two new hotel buildings. Run on natural gas, the power plant harvests waste heat from the engines to heat hot water.

The hotel’s plant has a diesel generator and a mobile generator parked near the site that also can provide power in the event of an emergency, Mr. Morse said.

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