ERIC Number: ED203725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Cogeneration: A Campus Option? A Cogeneration Manual for Colleges and Universities.
Goble, Robert Lloyd; Goble, Wendy Coleman
Guidelines for colleges who may want to implement cogeneration on their campuses are presented. Cogeneration has been defined as "the simultaneous production of electric power and other forms of useful energy--such as heat or process steam--from the same facility." The history of cogeneration, current and future technologies, and cogeneration and the national energy picture are addressed. A campus needs analysis would involve establishing short-range and long-range goals, developing rough guidelines to determine whether to cogenerate, and identifying technical parameters of a basic system. After need analysis, it is necessary to work with the utility, evaluate constraints and regulations, and make a conceptual design of the cogeneration system. Stages of the conceptual design involve a broad survey, system selection, equipment selection, and capital cost estimate. Case studies for Clark University and the University of Minnesota are presented to describe how they did their conceptual design under the Department of Energy's program for demonstrating a grid-connected Integrated Community Energy System. The general problem of evaluating the plant as an investment as well as finding funds and other financial considerations are also addressed. Three stages of the cogeneration decision that are outlined are: whether to proceed with the conceptual design, whether to go on to the detailed design, and whether to implement cogeneration. Appended materials include an illustration of making a crude estimate of the cost of cogenerated electricity for the campus and comparing it with the cost of purchased electricity, a checklist on legal and regulatory constraints, a checklist on conceptual design, information on cogenerating campuses, and a glossary. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.