Megan Becka, Cleveland.com
AKRON, Ohio – The city of Akron and Akron Energy Systems (AES), the city’s district energy provider, have received the first of three high-efficiency natural gas boilers for the city’s energy-production plant.
The boiler, which weighs 97 tons and is 29 feet long and 17 feet wide, on Thursday passed by Akron City Hall on its way to the plant on Opportunity Parkway. The other two boilers are scheduled for mid-October delivery.
Once the plant is operational later this year, the boilers will provide up to 450,000 pounds of steam per hour to heat and cool Downtown Akron businesses. The AES serves more than 10 million square feet of commercial space, including the Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital campuses.
The boilers are made by Barberton-based Babcock & Wilcox Co., and each outputs more than 5,000 horsepower. The boilers feature innovative natural gas technology and have a 30 percent smaller carbon footprint than traditional gas boilers. They are also able to operate on fuel oil if a natural gas outage occurs.