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Future-proofing for greater resilience

Enwave’s district energy system successfully weathered hurricanes Katrina and Rita, maintaining service to Louisiana’s largest health care and medical research center. One of the few buildings unscathed by the storms, Enwave’s facility even served as one of FEMA’s headquarters during the devastating aftermaths. Since the hurricanes, Enwave has continued to invest and introduce improvements, including its innovative “ice battery” to offer greater resilience and more robust emergency planning.


LSU Health Network

LSU Logo A medical campus designed to withstand disaster

Following the destruction of back-to-back hurricanes, Louisiana State University commissioned Enwave to build a plant for its University Medical Center New Orleans (the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center). Able to withstand hurricane-force winds and a 20-foot storm surge, the state-of-the-art facility is future-proof, with greater reliability and resiliency.

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Five-star cooling for a historic gem

The Roosevelt New Orleans (a Waldorf Astoria hotel) is a beacon of luxury, hosting luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Jack Benny, to name a few. Connecting to Enwave’s chilled water system enabled the hotel to repurpose the prime space where cooling towers would typically be located into revenue-generating opportunities – the new Waldorf Astoria Spa and a poolside rooftop bar.

The Roosevelt

We continue to connect new buildings along our expanding pipe network so more customers can enjoy reliable, sustainable and predictable service.


Collaborating with Louisiana’s most critical services

We worked closely with Louisiana State University Health at the early stages of designing its University Medical Center New Orleans. Strategic planning at the outset ensured that Enwave’s on-site system is now scalable and can readily adapt to meet future challenges. It’s also constructed within a parking garage, so equipment noise isn’t disruptive to the surrounding area.

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New Orleans facilities


The largest district energy plants in New Orleans

Chiller plant

  • Opened in 2000
  • Reinforced against floods in 2013
  • 32,000 tons cooling capacity (36˚F supply, 54˚F return)
  • 52,000 ton-hr ice thermal storage
  • 8.5 MW backup electrical generation
  • 105,000 gallons fuel storage on site
  • 55,000 square foot plant with 11 chillers
  • 1.8 miles of distribution pipe operating P @ 75 psi
  • Connected to 31 buildings

Steam plant

  • Opened in 2014
  • All critical equipment located 20 feet above sea level or higher
  • 210,000 lb/hr steam capacity
  • 450 kW backup electrical generation
  • 40,000 gallons fuel storage on site
  • 24,000 square foot plant with three boilers (two are dual fuel: natural gas and number two fuel oil; one is natural gas only)
  • 1.4 miles of distribution pipe operating P @ 175 psi
  • Connected to 22 buildings


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