While millions of people lost power during the recent hurricanes, certain facilities were able to keep their power, heat, and critical equipment running. This was possible due to Combined Heat and Power (CHP), a highly efficient form of onsite electric and thermal energy generation.
During any major storm, energy reliability, resiliency, and security become paramount concerns for those affected – and medical facilities are particularly sensitive to various risks associated with power outages. The ability to use energy for heating and cooling is crucial to patient care, protection of long-term medical research projects, and maintaining living and working conditions within hospitals.
During Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Medical Center was, unlike most of Houston, able to sustain power to provide reliability and security to the 19 million square-foot medical campus. The largest medical center in the world, which includes the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and 16 other institutions, continued to have air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, sterilization, and hot water throughout the storm, thanks to its CHP system.
The Center’s CHP system played a crucial part in the emergency preparedness plan during Hurricane Harvey and helped the medical center staff focus on patient care without fear of losing power. Primarily designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs for the medical center, the CHP system demonstrated resilience and reliability as the energy infrastructure continued to operate without interruption through the storm.
Unlike traditional backup generators, CHP systems supply heat and power to facilities during regular operations, using natural gas and highly efficient turbines and engines to serve local loads. During electrical grid outages, such as Hurricane Harvey, CHP can operate in “island mode” providing the sole source of electricity to local facilities.
Innovative CHP solutions keep critical infrastructure – hospitals, research facilities, data centers, and utilities – operational, reliable, resilient, and secure regardless of catastrophic events like the recent hurricanes.
Preparedness for extreme events and emergencies is essential, as long-term outages can have many serious implications involving safety and liability.
How prepared is your facility for the next hurricane?
UGI Performance Solutions, backed by the UGI Corporation, offers on-site power generation using CHP technology, and seamless transfers between power sources, ensuring reliability, resiliency, power backup, quality, and outage avoidance.
With highly efficient CHP, facilities not only save money and cut their energy use; they also reduce harmful emissions, and, most importantly, hedge against weather and other disasters.
When searching for more resilient technological approaches and CHP companies, rely on UGI Performance Solutions, leading CHP design builder and supplier in Pennsylvania and its surrounding states.
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