The year 2020 saw its fair share of severe weather: 31 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 29 named storms and 12 hurricanes, to be exact. Closer to home, a damaging October storm ravaged Massachusetts, leaving a 320-mile-long damage path and more than 200,000 without power. We know a thing or two about weathering storms; as providers of natural disaster CHP technology, we help to keep the lights on even during a storm’s wake. Being as reliable as it is, some may refer to cogeneration as disaster response power. Here, we’ll look at some recent weather events and the industries that benefit from the resiliency of CHP technology.
CHP: The Cure for Hospitals and Medical Facilities
Hurricane Laura was a category 4 hurricane that made landfall on Louisiana in August. The 120-mph winds, heavy rains and storm surge caused upwards of $12 billion in damage and affected an estimated 500,000 residential and commercial properties, with hundreds of thousands of electric customers left in the dark. During such a catastrophic weather event, having access to healthcare is critical, and CHP has a hand in ensuring it by helping to keep facilities and lifesaving equipment powered on.
Sustaining Critical Missions at Military Facilities
As of mid-November, over 9,000 fires have burned more than 4 million acres of California’s roughly 100 million acres of land, making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history. The peak of the wildfire season occurs between July and November, and keeps members of the military active and on guard all the while.
Like healthcare facilities, these critical response crews require home bases to rest and recharge in between responses; CHP is dedicated to the mission. Notably, our CHP systems power the Northern Maine Readiness Center, used by the Maine Army National Guard.
Keeping Businesses Up and Running
Human response aside, CHP is beneficial in the business sector, helping companies avoid economic storms. Any business that requires stable heating or cooling—like pharmaceutical companies storing lifesaving medicine or museums storing priceless artwork—can benefit from CHP any day, and especially during natural disasters.
Interested in learning how CHP can help your facility? Contact us to get started with a free energy analysis.