Resourcing the World- Green Steam

Cogenerated "Green Steam" reduces carbon footprint in Boston and Cambridge

Resourcing the World- Green Steam
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.
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In Boston, Veolia supplies thermal energy to commercial, government, institutional and hospitality customers, including 70% of Boston's high-rise buildings. Up to 75% of the steam supplied to the Boston network is cogenerated "Green Steam" imported from the Kendall Station plant located in Cambridge.
 
In Cambridge, Veolia manages a steam distribution network, in addition to recently acquiring the 256-megawatt Kendall Station in 2013 with partner I Squared Capital. 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 generation plant.
 
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