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Combined Heat and Power Partnership

University of Missouri-Columbia

Contact NameGregg Coffin
Title Associate Director, Campus Facilities - Energy Management
Email coffing@missouri.edu
Address 417 South Fifth Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone (573) 882-0835
Fax (573) 884-8090
Partner Services End-user
Web Site http://www.missouri.edu Exit EPA Disclaimer
CHP-Related Web Page http://www.cf.missouri.edu/energy/ Exit EPA Disclaimer
The University of Missouri has been producing energy for its Columbia campus using various forms of combined heat and power since 1892. The current University of Missouri (MU) power plant is a combined heat and power (CHP) facility with adequate capacity to fully serve all the energy needs of the MU campus consisting of more than 13 million square feet of facilities and with a daily campus population of over 40,000 people. The plant serves a wide variety of campus buildings and facilities including: three hospitals, a veterinary hospital, a research reactor, numerous research facilities and laboratories, as well as classroom buildings, residence halls, dining facilities, athletic facilities, computer centers, and administrative buildings. To provide MU with cost effective utilities the plant uses both combined cycle and cogeneration to produce steam and electricity for the MU campus. The plant can produce up to 66 MW electric and over 1.1 million pounds of steam per hour to reliably meet the campus energy needs. The efficiency of combined heat and power at MU is enhanced with half the chillers using thermal energy. In addition to steam and electricity, the plant also produces the potable water and compressed air for campus needs.

The CHP plant meets MU's need for highly reliable and cost effective utilities by maintaining appropriate equipment redundancy with fuel flexibility. The plant burns a combination of coal, natural gas, biomass, tire derived fuel, and fuel oil. This unique CHP facility integrates combined cycle technology with an existing cogeneration plant to provide MU with a very efficient, reliable, and cost effective method to meet its energy needs in an environmentally positive manner. The University of Missouri has a comprehensive energy management and conservation program with a mission to provide MU with the most reliable and cost effective utility services. MU actively embraces the use of energy efficient technologies and systems with partnerships with EPA in the Energy Star Programs, including: Green Lights and Energy Star Buildings.

One of MU's newest sustainable energy efforts is the installation of Biomass CHP. A project is underway to replace one the CHP plant's coal fired boilers with 100% fired biomass boiler which will be integrated with the existing cogeneration steam turbine generators. This Biomass CHP project, expected to complete in late 2012, will replace up to 25% of the plant's coal use with renewable biomass energy.

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