Inside a hospital, every dollar spent on heating and cooling is a dollar less spent caring for patients. That was the conclusion reached by Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts. Local Cat® dealer Milton Cat recently installed a cogeneration natural gas installation at their facilities, using waste heat from G3520C generator sets to provide hot water and ambient heating.
By delivering both heat and power from the same source, the systems reduce site emissions and reduce total cost of ownership, saving money that can be better directed toward patient care.
The hospital values the cogeneration systems for another reason: they offer critical backup power in case of emergency. The systems are flexible and provide essential and reliable power that keeps the lights on and sustains the ability of the hospitals to provide services.
“During Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, hospitals without cogeneration capability were forced to evacuate, because they couldn’t support patient care needs,” says Bob Biggio, vice president of facilities and support services at BMC. “Those that do have cogen can continue operations.”
Thanks to Milton Cat, BMC expects to save $1.5 million in energy costs each year, while making their facilities cleaner, safer, and more reliable.