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Robust energy solutions ensure reliability and resilience, so you can focus on your mission critical work

Laboratories are the epicenter of innovation, now more than ever. Our energy solutions are reliable and green, helping to advance the innovations that propel our communities forward, and protecting the world we live in.

How Vicinity Can Help

At Vicinity, we believe that energy and utilities shouldn’t be complicated or get in the way of research and innovation. Thermal energy from district energy and/or distributed generation such as a microgrid, provides cleaner sanitation, resilient heating and cooling, and more efficient humidification, keeping your innovative work safe and within an ideal environment. With Vicinity, you get:

  • Uninterrupted service with 99.99% reliability
  • Steam sanitation, the CDC’s preferred sterilization method
  • Greener, healthier, safer energy solutions while reducing your carbon emissions
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“At IQHQ, we have a commitment to developing class-A life science districts that provide our tenant, visitors, and communities at large with healthy, resilient, and responsible spaces. We are excited to partner with Vicinity Energy to decarbonize the steam serving our projects.”

Jenny Whitson

Director, Sustainability & ESG, IQHQ

Our Products & Services for Life Science Laboratories

District Heating and Cooling

Vicinity provides an ecologically friendly alternative to conventional heating and cooling methods. Without the burden of onsite combustion or maintaining chillers or boilers, district energy is safer and a more sustainable alternative. We have a 99.99% reliability guarantee and a team of over 450 experts, allowing you to focus on your work while we ensure 24/7 energy delivery.

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Sterilization & Humidification

The CDC recommends steam sanitation over conventional sanitation methods. With Vicinity, we ensure 99.99% reliability of service, providing a safer, more environmentally friendly solution to keeping your workspace primed for innovation.

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Energy Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

Proper O&M of energy infrastructure, such as a central plant and/or microgrid, is essential to ensuring that laboratories and medical research facilities can rely on a reliable and uninterrupted thermal energy supply.

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Microgrids & Distributed Generation

In some cases, it makes sense for a research campus to develop an onsite independent energy solution to meet their critical energy needs. Our team, comprised of energy, finance, engineering and construction management experts, can develop a custom distributed energy solution from planning to implementation. We have also integrated microgrids into our district systems to provide even more energy resiliency and reliability to our customers.

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Our Customers

We help organizations of all sizes—from hospitals to hotels to municipalities—use and manage energy more efficiently, sustainably, and strategically.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Van Andel Institute
Two Liberty Place
Flash Cube Apartments
Jefferson Health
National Aquarium
Maryland Stadium Authority
New England Aquarium
Boston Medical Center
Walnut Street Theatre

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How quickly can a district energy system recover from a natural disaster event?

    Quickly. District energy systems can isolate issues and have built-in redundancy to leverage multiple generating assets and fuel, power, and water sources to maintain reliable service even in the most demanding weather events.

    If a piece of equipment or utility source is compromised or experiencing any issues, the system can continue to operate by drawing from its backup sources and infrastructure. With insulated carbon steel conduit piping encased in concrete, a district energy network’s distribution system is more robust and resilient than conventional utility alternatives, even during extreme weather events.

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