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Power Plant and Chilling Stations

Power Plant and Chilling Stations oversees the 140-megawatt Hal C. Weaver Power Plant (.mov*) and provides the following services:

  • Electricity—we generate electrical power at 12,000 volts and 4,160 volts for distribution throughout the campus.
  • Steam—we generate steam at 425 psi and 710 F for use in the plant, as well as at 160 psi for distribution throughout the campus to provide building heat, heat for hot water, and auxiliary services.
  • Compressed Air—we provide air for use in campus buildings and laboratories.
  • Demineralized Water—we provide about 8 million gallons of demineralized water to the campus for laboratory use.
  • Chilled Water—we distribute about 140,000,000 ton-hours of chilled water through more than 6 miles of chilled water lines to provide air conditioning to the campus. Our peak flow rates are continually rising as campus space is added. In the summer of 2008, our peak load was about 33,000 tons and 60,000 gallons per minute of 39ºF water flowing to meet campus cooling needs. This is equivalent to the air-conditioning needs of 6,600 average houses.

For questions on how we generate electric power, chilled water, heating steam and hot water, contact Mike Manoucheri.

Energy Management and Optimization

Energy Management and Optimization (EMO) provides energy efficiency in campus buildings and in the power plant through innovation, state-of-the-art technologies and optimization tools. EMO oversees campus energy management, plant energy management, electrical and instrumentation, instruments and controls, metering and controls, and programming.

For questions regarding energy efficiency in the power plant/chilling stations and campus, contact Roberto Del Real.