Combined Heat and Power for Medical Facilities: Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
$2.5 Million in
Annual Operating Costs
The efficiency of Hershey Med's newly installed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system and the lower energy costs afforded by natural gas will result in a $2.5 million reduction in annual operating costs and a payback of under eight years.
The reduction of 44,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually has the equivalent effect of removing about 7,200 cars from the road.
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.
The steam meets for 85-90% of all thermal needs for the entire facility for sterilization, cooking, HVAC, humidification and laundry services.
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 failure.
For example, Hershey Med received $1.5 million in grants from Pennsylvania through Act 129 and the Department of Community and Economic Development to offset investment costs. Additionally, projects may also qualify for valuable rebates through the UGI Save Smart program.
Lancaster General Hospital and Danville's Geisinger Medical Center have also taken the steps to reduce their environmental energy footprint while increasing reliability.