One of the subjects of EnergyTech’s first-ever webinar on Mission Critical Energy Resiliency is now a winner of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Award named Wednesday during the Microgrid 2022 Conference in Philadelphia.
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, part of the Penn State Health System, was honored for its 22-MW microgrid and sustainability efforts which includes a combined heat and power plant, energy storage and hardened, underground electric distribution system.
Partners on the project included Pennsylvania State University, Cogen Power Technologies, CHA Generation and Energy Management and RMF Engineering. Penn State Hershey has reported that the microgrid and system updates have improved overall fuel use efficiency from 51 to 75 percent and will save the program $3.8 million annually while reducing the carbon emissions by 22 kilotons annually, according to the report.
The medical center project is "a comprehensive, step-by-step approach that will enable the medical center to continue learning about its energy use and production and continue making improvements," said Housley Carr, one of the award's judges, told Microgrid Knowledge.
Microgrid 2022, hosted by Microgrid Knowledge, has attracted nearly 600 attendees from through the industry. EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge both are owned by Endeavor Business Media.
The Penn State energy microgrid and efficiency efforts were brought front and center in an EnergyTech webinar, “Making Sustainability, Efficiency and Resiliency the Keystones of your Mission Critical Energy Goals.” The webinar featured Kevinn Kanoff, campus energy engineer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, as well as energy experts from Chatham University and Green Business Certification Inc.
Other winners of the Microgrid 2022 Greater Good Awards included the Kudagaon Village Microgrid in India, the Santa Rosa Junior College Microgrid in California and theSato Medical Health Centre Microgrid in India.
The Microgrid 2022 Conference continues Thursday in Philadelphia at the Marriott Downtown.