District Energy Firm Veolia Becomes Incubator Sponsor

veoliaVeolia North America, a Boston-area district energy provider, has become a sponsor of Somerville’s Greentown Labs.

Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech incubator in the country, according to Veolia. As a Terawatt Sponsor, Veolia will provide incubator participants with access to experience and advice.

Veolia provides environmentally-friendly district energy steam to the downtown Boston/Cambridge area. It uses cogeneration technology that recaptures and resues themal energy that formerly would dissipate in the atmosphere. The company says that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 475,000 tons annually and non-transportation carbon emissions 6 percent in the two cities it serves.

Greentown Labs features a 33,000 square-foot prototyping lab, a machine shop and 3D printer.

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