Located in Northeast Philadelphia, the Aria Health Hospital took a look at the declining costs of natural gas and determined to make use of the CHP technology. It developed a plan to use natural gas to provide electricity as well as hot water for the hospital. The hospital has a large heat load and demand for electricity, it runs just over 3MW on an average hot day in the summer. The usage is designed to run at about 1/3 of the energy demand, at 1.1MW. Learn more about the advantages and significant savings on energy bills during this tour of a working CHP plant.
The efficiency of the CHP saves Aria Health Hospital a significant amount of money on energy bills and expects to see additional financial saving after upgrading internal systems to make better use of the hot water generated by the CHP plant. It supplies 1,137 kW of electricity. The heat is used to produce hot water, a very important asset for several hospital functions, in the amount of 4,470,469 BTU with a temperature varying between 160°F to 204°F.