Duke Energy Pursuing Combined Heat-And-Power Partnerships

By Editors of Power Engineering

Duke Energy’s planned 21-MW combined heat-and-power natural gas plant at Duke University could just be the beginning of similar projects with other institutions and industrial facilities.

In a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Duke Energy indicated its sees additional opportunities for more CHP developments ranging from 10 MW to 30 MW, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

Originally announced in May, the Duke University project would incorporate a single combustion turbine. Heat generated from electricity generation would produce thermal energy and steam – estimated at 75,000 pounds per hour -- needed by the University.

The project would lower Duke University’s carbon emissions by 25 percent.

Duke Energy would own, build and operate the facility at a cost of $55 million. Electricity generated by the project would be put back onto the Duke Energy electric grid.

If approved, the CHP facility is expected to be completed by 2018. 

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