Tour University of Minnesota’s new Main Energy Plant – they have reinvested in the former Old Main Heating Plant, replacing old boilers with a new 22.8 megawatt combustion turbine and heat recovery system that will generate electric power and steam for the Minneapolis campus. A deteriorated, decommissioned 104-year-old heating plant on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus has been resurrected as a cutting-edge “co-generation” combined heat and power utility that is 83 percent energy-efficient – more than double the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant.
Fueled by natural gas, the Main Energy Plant is a key investment in the University’s climate action plan to reduce campus emissions in half. The plant went commercial on November 17, 2017. While operating, it reduces the University’s net carbon footprint by an estimated 10 to 13 percent and will provide the University with a more reliable source of energy, unaffected by supply disruptions to the local area grid.
Presenter: Energy Management, a division of Facilities Management
Location: University of Minnesota | 1180 SE Main, Minneapolis
Date: Wednesday, December 1 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Members: $20 | NonMembers: $30