On September 25th, 2015, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) celebrated its new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant which promises to reduce the hospital’s average annual electricity bills by over a half million dollars.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous production of two different forms of energy, heat and electricity from a single input energy. Heat recovered from the plant’s internal combustion engine is not released into the air as waste, but instead used to produce hot water thereby eliminating the additional use of boilers and fuel.
The CHP plant will produce over 15,000 MWh (megawatt hours) of power and more than 50,000 MMBTU (million metric British thermal units) of heat per year. Additionally, the new plant also provides supplemental on-site generated electrical power in the event of an extended power outage.
CHP will not only reduce costs but also support the mandate of the Green Energy Act.
In addition to reducing TBRHSC’s carbon footprint, the CHP plant will benefit patients and families in Northwestern Ontario. It will provide major energy and financial savings for TBRHSC that can be diverted to support the treatment of patients and improve care.