Cogenerated "Green Steam" reduces carbon footprint in Boston and Cambridge
Veolia's district energy networks serve the critical energy requirements of approximately 250 commercial, healthcare, government, institutional and hospitality customers occupying 45 million square feet of building space within the central business district of Boston, the Longwood Medical Area and the biotechnology corridor of Cambridge.
Located beneath the streets and bridges of Boston and Cambridge, invisible to the cities above, is a network of district energy steam pipes delivering environmentally friendly thermal energy or "Green Steam." "Green Steam" is an innovative environmental solution that recycles thermal energy previously lost to the environment, utilizing advanced cogeneration technology at Kendall Cogeneration Station in Cambridge. Following the completion of a 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension in 2013, up to 75% of Veolia's district energy heat supply consists of recycled "Green Steam." In addition, Veolia's retrofit of the Kendall Station plant in October 2016 replaced its original once-through cooling system design with an Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) – an engineering and environmental achievement that eliminates hot water discharge to the Charles River. This innovative $112 million, "Green Steam" investment generates significant benefits for Cambridge and Boston, including:
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Opportunity for building owners to obtain LEED credits using district energy
- A 6% reduction of non-transportation carbon emissions for both cities
- Elimination of thermal pollution from the Charles River ecosystem
- Air quality improvements; Reduced NOx and SO2 emissions by approximately 36% and 61%, respectively
- 147,500 man hours invested to support the construction of the "Green Steam" project
- Increased capacity and overall system efficiency
- Support of Greenovate Boston's goal to reduce Boston's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050
- Supporting sustainable development in both Boston and Cambridge
- Increasing the region's energy reliability
"Veolia has been a strong and loyal partner with the city, and the completion of this project marks an important step forward in attaining our Greenovate Boston goal of reducing Boston's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050." -Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
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DISTRICT ENERGY (HEATING AND COGENERATION): BOSTON
In Boston, Veolia supplies thermal energy to commercial, government, institutional and hospitality customers, including 70% of Boston's high-rise buildings. The majority of the steam supplied to the Boston network is cogenerated "Green Steam" imported from the Kendall Station plant located in Cambridge. Download our 2-page fact sheet to learn more about how cogeneration provides efficient, reliable energy, while also reducing carbon emissions.
DISTRICT ENERGY (HEATING AND COGENERATION): CAMBRIDGE
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In Cambridge, Veolia manages a steam distribution network for several customers, in addition to operating the recently acquired 256-megawatt Kendall Station. Located in the high-tech corridor near Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the network supplies cogenerated "Green Steam" to global leaders in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Veolia also operates a cogeneration plant on behalf of a major biotechnology company, providing comprehensive operation and maintenance of the central steam/electricity microgrid. Learn more about Veolia’s “Green Steam” operations at Kendall Cogeneration Station in Cambridge.
DISTRICT ENERGY (HEATING, COOLING AND COGENERATION): MATEP
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Veolia has a long-term agreement to operate and maintain the MATEP assets in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, home to six world-class, Harvard Medical School-affiliated medical institutions.
From its central plant, MATEP meets the needs for electrical energy; HVAC, heating and cooling systems; sterilization and specialist heating; operation of refrigeration facilities; and medical vacuum for the six hospitals that feature more than 2,000 beds and serve 85,000 inpatients and 50,000 outpatients a year. In addition to reducing operating costs and the environmental footprint of these facilities, the management of these services protects mission critical areas, including operating rooms and research laboratories, from risks associated with any disruption to the local power grid.
- World-renowned healthcare facilities
- Biotechnology leaders
- Pharmaceutical leaders
- Prestigious office buildings
- Several Boston icons and major tourist destinations
- 2.757 million pounds per hour of steam
- 256 megawatts of cogeneration capacity
- 26-miles of steam distribution pipe
Learn more about Green Steam in the Distict Energy Magazine cover story: "Full 'Green Steam' Ahead in Boston."
“GREEN STEAM” SYSTEM & MAP
KENDALL COGENERATION STATION IN CAMBRIDGE
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- Download our 2-page fact sheet to learn more about how cogeneration provides efficient, reliable energy, while also reducing carbon emissions.
- Feature article: National Geographic, “How Hidden Labyrinths Under Cities Are Becoming Clean Energy Powerhouses”
- Cover Story: District Energy Magazine, “Full ‘Green Steam’ ahead in Boston: CHP project advances region's environmental goals”
- Watch the Green Steam video to see how the steam system works.
- Press Release: Veolia and I squared Capital's acquisition of the Kendall Cogeneration Station
- Watch video highlights at the 104th annual IDEA conference in June 2013, of city officials from Boston and Philadelphiaadvocating the value of district energy infrastructure for a clean energy future.
- Press Release: Mayors Walsh and Maher Join Veolia to Commemorate Boston-Cambridge Sustainable Energy Project