Boston Medical Center Heated by Recycled Steam

June 16, 2016 | Comments

The Boston Medical Center (BMC) recently entered into a 20-year agreement with Veolia, provider of “Green Steam” technology.

For decades, Veolia has delivered energy to institutions and commercial buildings all around Boston and Cambridge (Mass.). The company essentially operates by integrating combined heat and power (CHP) technology with steam infrastructure.

Part of the company’s energy system is two steam plants and the Kendall Cogeneration Station. This facility prides itself in providing energy to Cambridge’s electrical distribution system and several industrial firms while simultaneously providing steam from waste heat.

With a series of upgrades, the Kendall Cogeneration Station now produces 256 MW of electricity and 1.2 million lb per hour of steam.

Waste heat is an abundant by-product from electricity generation at the Kendall Cogeneration Plant. In fact, heat production at the station actually exceeded steam pipe capacity, so Veolia has recently constructed a second pipeline to capture the remaining excess thermal energy.

This $112-million “Green Steam” project involved building a 7,000-foot pipeline to supplement the steam network in Cambridge and Boston.

Veolia provides steam for the majority of BMC’s needs, including heating, hot water, humidification, sterilization and processing. By purchasing this 20-year contract, it is predicted that BMC will lower its annual CO2 emissions by 8,500 tons.

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The Boston Medical Center (BMC) hopes that by incorporating steam generated from waste heat, it will move closer to a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. (Image courtesy of Veolia.)

“As a medical campus treating a diverse range of healthcare needs, it’s absolutely vital for Boston Medical Center to maintain continuous and consistent heating, sterilization and comfort levels,” said Bob Biggio, the hospital’s vice president of facilities and support services.

By incorporating “Green Steam” into the hospital’s thermal infrastructure, it will move the BMC closer to its goal of achieving a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

To learn more, visit Veolia’s website.

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