The following article, written by Natalie Trusso Cafarello, was seen in The Toledo Blade’s “Our Town Sylvania” section on May 11, 2013. Read below, or view the contents on The Blade’s website.
ProMedica’s Wildwood Hospital is installing a microturbine system this month that will provide heating and cooling at the facility while reducing the hospital’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Cranes stood above Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, located at 2901 North Reynolds Road in Sylvania Township, lifting the microturbine generators that will replace the hospital’s traditional boiler system.
GEM Energy of Walbridge is in handling the project to be completed in June.
Because health-care facilities and hospitals need electricity and heat 24 hours a day, for 365 days, they benefit tremendously from the energy efficiency and reliability that combined heat and power systems provide,” said Glenn Powers, energy efficiency manager of GEM.
The new compact system, which has a low sound level, cost about $500,000, said Joseph Merritt, ProMedica project engineer.
Using microturbine technology, the hospital will reduce its carbon footprint and, Mr. Merritt said, should reduce energy use by 1 million kilowatt-hours per year or by $50,000. So, its costs should be recouped in 10 years, he said.
The microturbines are manufactured by the California-based company Capstone Turbine.
The system will use natural gas to provide heat and electricity.
Over the next weeks, GEM will prep the campus and its mechanical room for the system’s 24-hour use, which includes tying in natural gas, heating and water piping, and electrical feeds. A control system will be installed to manage the energy service.
Mr. Merritt said the microturbine system was chosen because it provides an immediate impact for ProMedica’s commitment to providing both energy-efficient and sustainable facilities.