The Longwood Medical Center’s energy plant recently received a 2013 Energy Star “Combined Heat and Power” award by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The plant is one of five facilities nationwide to be recognized. Like the Harvard Steam Plant, the Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) runs on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology, a process also know as cogeneration. A simultaneous generation of heat and electricity from a single energy source, cogeneration is a highly efficient process that requires significantly less fuel, reduces emissions, and creates energy independence for the designated area.
Longwood Sustainabily Manager Alicia Murchie says, "I'm thrilled that MATEP is being recognized for the superior efficiency of their plant. Not only does the plant maintain a realiable supply of energy for the vital demands of the Longwood Medical Area, but also furthers the envrionmental missions of those institutions through lowered costs and decreased air pollution. Sustainability is about maximizing the resources we must use, and strategizing how we might further reduce those at the outset. MATEP is a great example of maximization, and I'm proud to know environmental and human health is at the forefront of their operation."
Longwood’s CHP system produces steam, chilled water, and electricity for the five hospitals, biomedical and pharmaceutical research centers, and Harvard-affiliated teaching locations. According to the US EPA, “CHP systems typically achieve operating efficiencies of 69 to 75 percent, much higher than the efficiency of separate production of electricity and thermal energy which is typically less than 50 percent.” In essence, the plant is preventing the emission of 117,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Curt Spalding, the regional administrator of EPA’s New England Office says, “EPA is pleased to recognize the outstanding pollution reduction and energy efficiency qualities of the MATEP facility. Maximizing efficiency makes good sense financially as well as providing environmental benefit through less pollution. This project sets a good example to other facilities.”
Read the US EPA full press release: http://hvrd.me/WsqFqW