Resourcing the World- Cogeneration
Veolia's district energy networks serve the critical energy requirements of approximately 250 commercial, healthcare, government, institutional and hospitality customers occupying 44 million square feet of building space within the central business district of Boston, the biotechnology corridor of Cambridge, and the Longwood Medical Area of Boston.In addition, Veolia operates the newly-acquired Kendall Station combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cambridge, a cogeneration plant in Cambridge on behalf of a major biotechnology company, and the Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) facility in the Longwood Medical Area.
Cogenerated "Green Steam" reduces carbon footprint in Boston and 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" throughout the Boston-Cambridge system
."Green Steam" is an innovative environmental solution that recaptures and reuses thermal energy previously lost to the environment, utilizing advanced cogeneration technology. Following the completion of a 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension in 2013 and a planned reconfiguration of the recently acquired Kendall Station
, up to 75% of Veolia's district energy heat supply will consist of recycled "Green Steam."This innovative $112 million, "Green Steam" investment generates significant benefits for Cambridge and Boston, including:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 475,000 tons annually - the equivalent of removing 80,000 cars from the roads;
- A 6% reduction of non-transportation carbon emissions for both cities
- Minimizing thermal pollution from the Charles River ecosystem;
- Improving air quality, reducing NOx and SO2 emissions by approximately 36% and 61%, respectively;
- 147,500 man hours invested to support the construction of the "Green Steam" project;
- Increasing capacity, reliability and overall system efficiency;
- Supporting the Greenovate Boston goal of reducing Boston's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050;
- Supporting sustainable development in both Boston and Cambridge; and
- Increasing the region's energy reliability.