Chilled Water Plant Upgrade

New chillerIn 2012, the inefficient steam absorption machines used to air condition the College’s science buildings were replaced with two new electric chillers. Up to seven times more efficient than the old equipment, the new chillers and concurrent heat recovery system are saving 800,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil per year for a net savings of almost $2M/year.

Burke Chemistry is not the only location where chiller changeouts are happening; over the past five years, almost all other campus steam absorbers have similarly been replaced with electric drive machines.

This effort has been the driving force in reducing the College’s #6 oil consumption from a historical high of 5.4 Million gallons in 2005 to approximately 3.7 Million in 2013, all despite the addition of 500,000 square feet of new buildings!