Energy Master Plan & CHP Addition

Energy Master Plan & CHP Addition

Location: West Lafayette, Ind.

Client: Purdue University

Purdue University determined that developing a comprehensive energy master plan (CEMP) was vital to meeting its goal of efficient energy management across the entire campus. Burns & McDonnell developed an extensive campuswide plan focused on the efficient production of electricity, chilled water and steam in the university's utility plants. The firm also analyzed chilled water and steam distribution from the utility plants to campus buildings as well as building electricity, domestic water, chilled water and steam consumption. Operational equipment dispatch modifications identified in the study provided immediate annual savings in excess of $1 million.

6.5-MW CHP Addition to Wade Utility Plant

Steam demand on the Purdue University campus had risen to the point of requiring increased steam capacity. Burns & McDonnell initially compared installing a new gas boiler with the technical and economic viability of installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system. Real-time power prices required development of a complex dispatch simulation to determine the optimal operating profile for each combination of assets that included the existing steam turbine generators, steam-driven and electric chillers, and the boilers currently installed. This analysis resulted in Burns & McDonnell managing the installation of a 6.5-megawatt (MW) combustion turbine in the university's existing Wade Utility Plant.