Central Plant

The old central plant provided steam, chilled water, compressed air, and domestic hot water to the entire facility. The main heating plant, consisting of three 24,000 lbm/h (10,900 kg/h) boilers, provided steam to the HVAC heating and humidifying equipment, domestic water heaters, and office radiation convectors at 35 psig (3.4 bar). Chilled water was generated to serve HVAC equipment in the facility by three 1,000 ton (3,516 kWr) electric chillers, estimated to operate at 0.775 kW/ton (0.227 kW_/kWr). Prior to the project, two out of three chillers were out of operation, forcing the lab to ration cooling on hot days.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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