University of Colorado turns again to CHP

As part of a US$91m upgrade the University of Colorado at Boulder, US plans to restart its 33 MW CHP district energy system.

The university shut its turbines down in 2004 when high natural gas prices made them economically impractical, but gas prices have since fallen to make CHP viable once more. The district energy system will deliver electricity, heating, and cooling to campus buildings.

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The move is part of an upgrade to the campus utility system that will renovate the existing CHP facility and construct a second heating and cooling facility on another part of the campus.

The move is also in line with the University’s goal of reaching climate neutrality.

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