Kendall Station CHP
If you've taken the subway from Boston to Cambridge over the Charles River, you've probably seen this yellow building. It's the Kendall Station, a medium size power plant that dates back to the 1940s. Still active, it was converted to natural gas and then upgraded to use waste heat from burning fuel for heating, making it relatively energy efficient combined heat and power, or cogeneration, facility. Now, the operators of the plant are partnering to use all the waste heat for commercial buildings in Cambridge and Boston. They plan to build a steam pipeline that will connect to the existing underground district heating network. The move will eliminate the hot water discharge into the river and boost the efficiency of the plant to over 90 percent, according to Veolia Energy and GenOn, which operate the plant.
June 21, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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