Carney Hospital, a renowned Boston teaching hospital with the typically high energy usage characteristic of most 24/7 healthcare operations, is now saving over $500,000 each year on their energy, gas, and water bills. The savings resulted from a comprehensive energy efficiency analysis and treatment performed by ENGIE Services U.S. (ENGIE).
ENGIE installed new high efficiency chillers under variable frequency drive (VFD) control, modified air-handling units (AHU) VFD, installed additional energy management system (EMS) controls, converted lighting fixtures to more efficient design, and modified variable air volume (VAV) systems in the office building.
The installation of wall and ceiling-mounted occupancy sensors, where appropriate, ensures that lighting is shut off when the space is unoccupied. The Medical Office Building, although designated as a VAV system, was operating as a constant volume system due to failure of VAV boxes and controls. Through installation of VAV diffusers as well as new rooftop units with VFD fans and controls, the system was successfully converted back to VAV.
ENGIE also made system and control modifications to the existing chilled water pump that allowed the pump to operate at a variable flow with reduced speed, saving additional energy.
3 Dimensions of Impact
ENGIE is committed to building three dimensions of impact in every customer’s future:
Training and education of personnel increased understanding and control over
the hospital physical plant systems.
Additional controls and sensors for the single AHU serving the twelve operating suites allows the zones to be isolated and the AHU VFD to reduce speed. In addition to saving energy when areas are unoccupied, this increases comfort.
The project resulted in a total annual savings exceeding $500,000.
There are additional water and gas savings that result from these measures that make the total annual savings in excess of $500,000.
$600,000 in NSTAR utility incentives helped offset project construction costs.
Protecting the Environment
Over 5,000 lighting fixtures throughout the hospital, including the parking
garage, were upgraded to super T-8 technology, saving over 1.5 million kWh of lighting energy annually as well as reducing the cooling load.
Two high efficiency 550-ton chillers replaced the existing 600-ton chillers that were approaching the end of their useful life. The new chillers operate under variable frequency drive (VFD) control, saving energy and reducing emissions.
The comprehensive improvements resulted in total annual electricity savings of more than 2.7 million kWh, the equivalent to powering 218 homes for a year.
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Integrated Program Highlights
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