In the context of its recent commitment to at least a 32% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, MIT is upgrading its Central Utilities Plant (CUP). This 21 MW gas-fired unit currently provides electricity, steam heat, and chilled water to more than 100 buildings on MIT’s Cambridge campus.
The CUP Second Century Project will replace the existing turbine add a new machine and complete chilled water plant upgrades started in 2008.
MIT plans to retire the existing cogen turbine in 2020, by which time both new turbines and heat recovery systems will be up and running. At the heart of the plant are two new 22 MW natural gas-fuelled turbines, which are expected to serve MIT’s campus for at least the next 20 years.
Don Holmes, director of maintenance and utilities, said: ‘Our goal is to create an upgraded power system that will improve the resiliency of the campus and support future research while also conserving energy and reducing our impact on the environment.’