Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is always looking for ways to make the facilities under their care better, safer and more cost-efficient. When a carbon dioxide storage structure next to a diesel generator in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania was required, ODEC took the opportunity to upgrade the shelter and fire protection for those CO2 bottles. They worked with engineering firm Burns & McDonnell to develop just the right solution for their needs.
In order for their facility to be compliant, they are required to house CO2 bottles at a remote, unmanned location 5 miles away from the main power plant facility. When they evaluated the site and its options, they found that the lowest site temperatures were 5° colder than the CO2 bottles needed for the optimum, safe storage, so they designed a heated, enclosed storage facility that could handle not only the bottles but also extra ladders and hoses as well.
They considered constructing a steel or wood frame enclosure but rejected each of these options in favor of a Shelter Works fiberglass enclosure. Kyle L, ODEC’s PM explained, “We chose Shelter Works because ultimately it was much more of a ‘hassle-free’ option. The steel enclosure would have been more than what was needed, and a wood frame building just couldn’t match the longevity and maintenance-free nature of the fiberglass Shelter Works building. We also love the 25-year warranty that Shelter Works provides.”