Bowdoin College was recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its switch to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system at its campus in Brunswick. The College integrated the CHP with its energy system in the spring of 2012 and it has since proved to be a great step toward the school’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2020.
Most Combined Heat and Power systems operate at an efficiency level between 69 and 75 percent. This makes a CHP much more efficient than a typically 50 percent efficient system of separate electricity and thermal energy production. Bowdoin’s CHP has been operating at an astounding 87 percent efficiency!
The Bowdoin CHP system produces 630 kW of electricity while also generating steam to heat space and domestic hot water for 56 buildings on campus, which cover 1.4 million square feet. The 87 percent efficient system prevents an estimated 1,000 tons of carbon annually, among other air pollutants, from entering our atmosphere and burns 12 percent less fuel than grid provided electricity and typical steam production.
Congratulations to Bowdoin College for taking this great step closer to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2020!
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