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CHP: The Right Prescription for a Medical Campus - A Penn State Case Study


Unpredictable weather events and other recent crises have proven how important reliable energy is to our region’s healthcare institutions and college campuses. The loss of electrical power and heating or cooling is not only an inconvenience - it can threaten human health and safety.

At this session, we will explore the case of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center hospital and academic campus. Today, their 8 Megawatt Gas Turbine CHP plant works in conjunction with the utility to supply electricity to the entire campus and provide back-up service during power outages.  To come to this conclusion, the design-build team and the institution employed a unique partnering approach to develop a CHP resiliency solution that insulates the campus from utility power loss and provides a cost- and energy-efficient power source. The partnering approach allowed Penn State to avoid common pitfalls of mismatched technology, unrealistic project budgets, and schedules.

The presentation will review the different concerns that the hospital decisions makers have - from the Board of Trustees who ultimately decides if it is a project worth investing in to the Facility Director and plant operators who have their own needs and concerns.



John F. Moynihan, CEP
Managing Partner
Cogen Power Technologies

John Moynihan has 25 years of combined experience in cogeneration, energy management, procurement, and systems design.

He is the Managing Partner of Cogen Power Technologies, an award-winning energy consulting firm and has led the firm to become a frontrunner and innovator in providing all-inclusive onsite cogeneration services – bridging the gap between the technology and the practical application for end users.

His signature projects include cogeneration plants at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, and Union College.  John has completed 10 different CHP plants in since 2009. These plants have produced over half-a-billion kilowatt hours of electricity since then, and average over 94% availability each year.