With winter storms inevitably on the horizon in Massachusetts, a new Partners HealthCare preparedness initiative will help to keep our lights on—and vital patient services operational—through inclement weather. A partnership with Bloom Energy has brought 4.1 megawatts of fuel cell-based electric power systems to our Assembly Square headquarters, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and our 65,000 square foot, mission-critical Marlborough data center.
The initiative follows a recent Partners review of our storm readiness in light of a harsh 2017 New England winter that left 100 power outages—impacting 630,000 people—in its wake. “Our hospitals and medical centers care for more than 1.5 million patients each year. Many of our facilities are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, so reliable electricity is both crucial to our operations, and one of our largest utility costs,” said Dennis Villanueva, Senior Manager of Energy & Sustainability at Partners.
This technology keeps critical operations powered up in the event of an electrical grid failure, allowing Partners to provide reliable, consistent service regardless of the weather conditions. By generating electricity without combustion and helping to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent over traditional power, we're continuing to improve the health of our communities.
“With the Bloom systems, we can save money, improve our resiliency to outages, and virtually eliminate particulate pollutants—responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in our community,” Villanueva adds.
Read more about Partners preparedness with Bloom here.