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Boston Medical Center Using Veolia Cogeneration

Carl Weinschenk

The Boston Medical Center, which is a 496-bed academic institution in the South End of the city, is using Veolia’s “Green Steam” combined heat and power for thermal energy, the company said.


Military Installation Successfully Tests Microgrid with Battery Storage

Ken Silverstein

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard based in Massachusetts is conducting two live tests on a localized microgrid that would protect it from a widespread electrical outage. So far, the project that has been demonstrated by General Electric, is looking like a success.


Capstone Sells Microturbine in Northwest Italy

Carl Weinschenk

Capstone Turbine Corporation said that it has received an order for a C1000S Signature Series microturbine for use in a local district heating project in northwest Italy. The sale was made by IBT Group, which is Capstone’s Italian distributor. The 1 MW C1000S will be used in a combined heat and power (CHP) installation to produce primary   …Continue Reading


The Microturbine Market Gains Traction

Carl Weinschenk

It’s only May, but it already has been a good year for Capstone Turbine. The company has announced 13 deals, mostly of multiple units. The key element of a turbine is a wheel or rotor. It is made to revolve by an outside force, which could be water, steam, or – in the case of   …Continue Reading


Duke Energy and Duke University Agree on CHP Facility

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy and Duke University have agreed to a contract under which a 21 MW natural gas fed combined heat and power (CHP) plant will be built on the university’s campus. The 35-year agreement must be approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. If it is approved and the plant built, Duke Energy Carolinas will own,   …Continue Reading


Building a Better Turbine

Carl Weinschenk

Waste gases are a problem. If vented or flared without being properly treated, they contribute to pollution and global warming. Conditioning them to be disposed of properly is expensive, however. The problem would be solved if a way is found to use the dirty and diluted gases to produce the heat that is necessary to generate the   …Continue Reading


CHP Facility Approved in Springfield, MA

Carl Weinschenk

The Springfield, MA, City Council has approved Baystate Health Systems’ request for a special permit to build a $27 million combined heat and power (CHP) plant, according to MassLive. The vote was unanimous for the plant. The hope is that it will save millions of dollars in energy costs while reducing release of greenhouse gases.   …Continue Reading


Cogeneration Platform Saves Money, Adds Reliability for Brooklyn Beer Distributor

Carl Weinschenk

On the picturesque Brooklyn, NY, waterfront, an increasingly common alternative to traditional powering — cogeneration — is working, and working well. In fact, the only time it stopped was when the equipment was partially submerged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Manhattan Beer Distributors – formerly Phoenix Beverages – has tremendous power needs. Keeping beer cool is   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cells Will Power a Connecticut Community. Will They Work Elsewhere?

Ken Silverstein

Fuel cells aren’t just blowing hot air. They are now helping to manage electricity costs and supply emergency power to a Connecticut neighborhood through a localized microgrid. The fuel cell-powered microgrid will provide all the power that the “Parkville” community will need during non-emergency operations. If there is an outage, the system will provide emergency   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Podcast: Ryan Rex on Cogeneration

Carl Weinschenk

Cogeneration offers a dual benefit to buildings: It can lower costs and provide the resiliency that Superstorm Sandy and other recent weather events proved is necessary. It can be a hard sell to upper management, however. While the overall business case is strong, capital investments are necessary. Spending first in hopes of benefiting later is   …Continue Reading