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Top Priorities: Caring for Patients & Our Earth

29 Sep 2020

Combined Heat and Power for Medical Facilities

Healthcare facilities in UGI’s service area, like Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, are embracing the benefits of Combined Heat and Power (CHP). CHP systems, also known as cogeneration systems, generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. Heat that is usually wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, eliminating losses that occur when heat and power are generated separately. At Hershey Medical Center, the recovered heat is used to create steam. The steam meets 85-90% of all thermal needs for the entire facility for sterilization of medical equipment, cooking, HVAC, humidification and laundry services.

Hershey Medical Center’s energy conservation efforts will result in a $2.5 million reduction in annual operating costs and a payback of under eight years, which allows for additional investment in medical equipment, research and education. In addition, the energy conservation efforts reduce the carbon footprint of the facility and improve the air quality of the region. The reduction of 44,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually has the equivalent effect of removing about 7,200 cars from the road.

The investment in a CHP system not only meets 60% of Hershey Medical Center’s power needs, it provides an on-site generation resource to support continued operations in the event of a disaster or electric grid

Other medical facilities adopting this powerful technology across the state include Lancaster General Hospital and Danville’s Geisinger Medical Center. Learn more about CHP technology options for your business at