Steam Plant

This project starts in the central steam plant on a college campus to reduce steam demand and decrease energy costs across the campus.

Project Quick Facts

  • Steam demand ranged from 8,000 to 14,000 tons/hr
  • Steam burner and boiler sets are powered by biodiesel, resulting in annual biodiesel costs of $1.2M
  • Savings are estimated at 25% to 35% per year

Project Phases

  • Phase 1: Install a more efficient 4,000 ton/hr steam boiler, replace the burner controls on one 8,000 ton/hr steam boiler, and install a master steam plant controller
  • Phase 2: Upgrade the building management system (BMS) and steam regulatory control actuators in each campus building to reduce steam demand with tighter building heat and cooling controls
  • Phase 3: Optimize demand in campus buildings and apply AI algorithms with predictive operating envelope
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Steam boiler and control panels