West Hartford Hebrew Health Care Inaugurates Green Energy-Saving Technology

Jun 29, 2010, 08:00 ET from Hebrew Health Care

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 24, Hebrew Health Care inaugurated its new 150kW cogeneration plant. West Hartford Clean Energy Task Force Representative Paul Popincholk attended the event, along with Farmington Bank Chairman John Patrick, HHC Board Chairman Gary Schwartz, HHC House Committee Chair Asher Pavel and HHC House Committee Vice Chair Bruce Simons.

Hebrew Health Care, founded more than 100 years ago, is recognized as a leader in health care for older adults and has taken proactive steps in energy conservation with the installation of this cost saving, "green" Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project, developed and installed by Aegis Energy Services of Holyoke, MA. Farmington Bank recognized the project's energy savings and conservation potential for Hebrew Health Care, and provided the funding.

CHP, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of useable heat and electricity from one fuel source-in this case natural gas. Vincent DeSanti, Assistant Operations Officer for HHC said, "After researching different energy saving technologies, we concluded that CHP (cogeneration) represented the best option for us to reduce our energy costs and carbon footprint, and that Aegis Energy Services, Inc. was the best partner for us in this endeavor. Aegis provided the facility with an in-depth energy analysis and comprehensive plan for the system's integration with the existing building's infrastructure."

"The system could save our facility $80,000 to $100,000 per year or more, with a simple equipment payback of 3 years," remarked Asher Pavel, House Committee Chairman at HHC. In addition, the cogeneration project includes a fifteen-year discount on gas transmission through the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC). Lee Vardakas, General Manager of Aegis Energy Services said, "As health care providers, such as HHC, focus on containing rising costs, we are seeing an increase in demand for our CHP systems from the healthcare industry."

The facility's cogeneration plant consists of two 75kW Aegen ThermoPower, CHP systems located in a new mechanical equipment room constructed next to the building's boiler area. The units will provide up to 70% of the facility's electricity at a rate well below market prices from the electric grid. Thermal energy from the cogeneration plant will simultaneously provide domestic hot water and hydronic space heating for the facility.

SOURCE Hebrew Health Care