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  • Heather Cummings

Local Hospital Builds Onsite Energy Plant

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

In our blog last month we discussed a new EPA regulation, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; however, the regulation lacked any specifications. One local hospital may have found a solution. The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainboro is building its own power plant.

The new hospital will not rely upon the local electric grid, but will rather use natural gas to make electricity on site. The heat generated as a byproduct will then be used to create steam, which will heat the building, sterilize equipment and provide cooling. With the rise of traditional electric costs, individuals and companies continue to seek less expensive, and more eco-friendly, heating options. Recycled heat combines the best of both worlds. Experts believe recycled heat could offer a significant amount of the nation’s power at a competitive price and while reducing emissions.

Recycled heat does not require the burning of additional fuel and thus allows its users to drastically reduce their carbon footprint. For example, the Princeton hospital is expected to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent through the use of the power system and a few other changes (e.g. using natural light and solar-powered carts). According to the Princeton Healthcare System president, Barry Rabner, the power plant is valuable from both a fiscal and operational point of view.

“It is twice as efficient as traditional power systems with a payback estimated to be less than five years, when used with a digital computer,” said Rabner.

NRG Thermal, who built and will run the natural gas plant, said combined heat and power can be fiscally and environmentally beneficial at universities, shopping malls, data processing centers and energy-intensive industries, such as chemical plants.

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