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Replacing a 60-year-old facility in 2018, the Central Energy Plant (CEP) aims to greatly reduce energy costs while lighting, heating, and cooling university buildings in Medford and Somerville. The CEP features an energy-efficient system of combustion engines, generators, and chillers, which are visible through the building’s glass walls in an effort raise awareness for our energy systems.

The CEP utilizes:

  • advanced cogeneration technology to produce energy as well as steam utilizing natural gas
  • an internal combustion engine and generator
  • a heat recovery steam generator
  • an absorption chiller

The Central Energy plant is sustainable, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly, making it a great addition towards meeting our carbon neutrality goal by 2050.