CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An electrical company and power plant are teaming up in Cambridge to generate steam power from that "dirty water."
Starting in 2025, the Kendall Power Plant run by Vicinity Energy will be doing away with natural gas to power its steam turbines, replacing them with boilers that will run off the electric grid.
Vicinity Energy Chief Executive Officer Bill DiCroce tells WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe that they're entering a partnership with MAN Energy Solutions based out of Germany to use stronger compressors to draw water from the Charles River.
Once they do, the running water will generate steam and return back to the river 5 degrees cooler. DiCroce says the temperature byproduct is a good thing because rivers and oceans are heating up with climate change.
"We take river water from the Charles, which we're already permitted to do, and we have existing infrastructure to do that, we'll take it in— and the heat pump complex will extract that energy and make steam with it. Pretty simple, existing technology— we're just doing it on a large scale," DiCroce said.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.