GEI Performs CHP Plant Analysis for UC Irvine and UC San Francisco

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Summer 2009

The University of California system is focused on reducing energy costs and being as energy efficient as possible. This demand is not only a legislative requirement but also an important factor for students, business partners and supporters.

The University of California Irvine and the University of California San Francisco recently brought GEI on board to help analyze Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) operations and to develop recommendations for improvement. Each project is providing critical information for achieving its facility’s objectives and requirements. Both colleges are required to maintain the lowest possible use of energy and complete an analysis of all operations.

The University of California San Francisco campus has a CHP plant that provides electricity, steam and chilled water from one fuel source to the campus facilities, which include a hospital. Key deliverables include a full analysis of energy production costs per kilowatt-hour (KWH) and per pound of steam (PPH) and an analysis of the recharge rates for its tenants. Services also include an analysis of plant operations.

The University of California Irvine project includes an assessment of its CHP plant with the primary focus on energy production costs rather than on recharge rates. As part of the project deliverables GEI also is developing a methodology and matrix to determine the “best value operation.” This matrix includes a number of scenarios, variables of equipment and operating choices and economic projections to determine the most cost effective energy production program.

For more information about how Goss Engineering can meet your energy engineering needs, please contact Lucas Hyman, PE, LEED AP, President of Goss Engineering, at 951.340.1977.