Vicinity Energy plans to install a 42 MW industrial-scale electric boiler at its Kendall Square facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a commitment to sustainable practices and reducing carbon emissions.
The installation process will commence soon with the electric boiler expected to be fully operational by Spring 2024. The boiler will help produce Vicinity's carbon-free thermal energy product eSteam, once operational.
"This 42MW electric boiler represents a significant leap forward in our decarbonization efforts for Boston, Cambridge, and the Commonwealth,” said Bill DiCroce, Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Energy. “With the ability to produce eSteam on an industrial scale, we are rapidly advancing our capacity to deliver carbon-free thermal energy to meet the strong and accelerating demand of our customers for an affordable net zero-carbon future.”
The second phase of Vicinity’s electrification plans includes installing a 35 MW industrial-scale heat pump complex at its Kendall facility to be operational in 2027.
"This innovation will enable us to convert renewable electricity directly into steam at Kendal Station in Cambridge, where we own a direct connection to the backbone of the high-voltage electric grid,” said Kevin Hagerty, President of Vicinity Energy. “By leveraging our existing infrastructure and deploying new technologies, we are taking our environmental responsibility to the community from the planning stage to reality."
Vicinity aims to achieve net zero carbon across its portfolio and provide solutions to decarbonize its customers and communities. The company plans to achieve decarbonization by not only meeting industry standards but also redefining them to lead the thermal energy industry in clean energy solutions.