Kendall Cogeneration Station produces sustainable and reliable “Green Steam” energy

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Recycled “Green Steam” from Veolia’s Kendall Cogeneration Station ensures efficient thermal energy for biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders in Cambridge and several buildings and landmarks in Boston’s central business district, while also reducing the region’s carbon footprint. 


SUPPLYING ‘GREEN STEAM’ TO CAMBRIDGE’S HIGH-TECH CORRIDOR

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kendall Cogeneration Station produces recycled “Green Steam” from its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) operations to meet the thermal energy needs of over 250 medical research institutions, hospitals, hotels, museums and government buildings throughout Boston and Cambridge.  In Cambridge, Veolia supplies cogenerated "Green Steam" to global leaders in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, in addition to operating a cogeneration plant on behalf of a major biotechnology company.  By combining energy-efficient technology with a network of underground steam pipes, Veolia is significantly reducing the region’s overall carbon footprint. Download the fact sheet to learn more about CHP and how it provides efficient, reliable energy, while also reducing carbon emissions.
 
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OVER A HALF CENTURY OF RELIABLE ENERGY

Built in 1949, Kendall uses natural gas as a primary fuel source and employs highly-efficient cogeneration technology to generate steam and electricity. In 2001, Kendall was outfitted with new equipment, transforming the CHP plant into a more energy efficient facility.  Since acquiring the district system in 2005, Veolia has leveraged a portion of the plant’s waste heat, a byproduct of its electricity generation, to supplement its distribution networks with cogenerated “Green Steam.” Since Kendall Station’s heat production exceeded the existing pipe’s capacity, Veolia proposed an innovative environmental solution – constructing a second pipeline to capture the remaining excess thermal energy.
 

“I applaud Veolia and their partners for this investment, which is a win-win for both the environment and the economy,” said Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher. “This investment helps stimulate economic growth within our vital business and university facilities. The ‘Green Steam’ project will deliver higher efficiency and a lower carbon footprint – a combination that will benefit Veolia’s Cambridge and Boston customers.”


INNOVATIVE GREEN STEAM SOLUTION
Veolia’s $112 million “Green Steam” project, incorporating a new 7,000-foot pipeline completed in 2013 and the acquisition of Kendall with partner I Squared Capital in 2014, ensures local energy security, minimizes environmental impacts and doubles the transport of cogenerated “Green Steam” to Cambridge and Boston metro area customers.   Considered the heart of Veolia’s Boston-Cambridge system, Kendall Station now serves as the network’s main source.  In addition, using “Green Steam,” or recovered heat, will often earn more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points in a new building than using onsite boilers.  Learn more about getting LEED credits with district energy.
    
REDUCING THE REGION’S CARBON FOOTPRINT

The new pipeline, combined with the retrofit of Kendall Station in October 2016, eliminates hot water discharge to the Charles River ecosystem, decreasing the temperature of the river and thereby protecting the marine inhabitants of this precious natural resource.  In addition, Kendall’s integration with the distribution systems serving downtown Boston and East Cambridge ensures greater reliability.  By recently upgrading the plant’s dual-fuel capabilities, Kendall can continue production when the natural gas supply is constrained. Due to this “Green Steam” investment, the cities of Boston and Cambridge will enjoy improved air quality, energy reliability and efficiencies, while significantly reducing GHG emissions.  Learn more by downloading the Kendall Station tour brochure.

 


 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW & CONTACTS

BOSTON-CAMBRIDGE DISTRICT   
KENDALL COGENERATION STATION

  
CAMBRIDGE SYSTEM FACTS

  • 240,000  lb/hr of cogenerated "Green Steam"
  • 256 MW cogeneration plant
  • 5-mile distribution system 

  
“GREEN STEAM” FACTS

  • $112 million investment
  • 75% of Veolia’s thermal energy supply consists of “Green Steam”
  • 6% reduction of non-transportation carbon emissions
  
CONTACTS

  
Email: boston@veolia.com  Tel: 617.482.8080
  
24-hour Emergency Customer Line
  

Tel: 617.482.8232
 

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SUPPORTING THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

We play an active role in the communities we work in, supporting community activity through volunteerism, funding opportunities and involvement in professional organizations.  Learn more about Veolia's support in the City of Cambridge.

OPTIMIZING YOUR SYSTEM

  • Inspections and Preventive Maintenance - Improve efficiency and reliability in your steam system with regular inspections and maintenance
  • Steam Safety Tips - Use caution and ensure safe and reliable steam system operation
  • Energy Efficiency Tips - Learn about various tactics that will help reduce your energy consumption and costs, such as steam trap inspections, insulation or conducting an energy audit