Superintendent, Steam Services: Paul E. Moser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Physical Plant
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Office: (814) 865-6515
Fax: (814) 865-2282
West Campus Combined Heat and Power Plant
200 N. Burrowes St.
State College, PA 16801
400 Porter Road
State College, PA 16801
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Plant Supervisor: Eugene Kurtz, email@example.com
Maintenance Supervisor: Timothy Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution Supervisor: David Parmelee, email@example.com
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WEST CAMPUS COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PLANT
EAST CAMPUS COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PLANT
New Boiler #1 tubes Low Pressure Steam line ditch Temporary low pressure steam vent
Now defunct coal car track Basement under Boiler #1
Last delivery of coal - March 18. 2016 - the end of an era
Boiler #1 .... gone Basement... preparation underway for new gas boiler
Boiler #1 dismantle underway New beams installed
Work in basement continues
Basement preparations begin to support new turbines Old transformer on its way out!
Final cable change for coal car..... Next coal boiler removal underway.....
Coal trucks line up to dump...coming to an end soon.
Getting prepared to demo boiler #1 Final steam testing before gas start up
Stack for steam .... ready for testing! New Boiler #2
Housing for new transformers Temporary stack for new boiler testing
New Stack New Boiler Control Panel Insulating new FD fan
Steam Services bids farewell to Dr. Gita Talmage as she retires after 25 years of service.
Superintendent, Paul Moser and Dr. Talmage (from left) Gene Kurtz, Mike Hill, Dr. Talmage, and Bob Hutchison
Over the last 15 years, our staff supported Dr. Talmage's ME402 - Power Plants course. Every other spring, over the course of the semester, at least seven classes were held at either East Campus or West Campus Steam Plants. Each class session focused on a different aspect of plant operation or maintenance and was led by Steam Service’s operators, mechanics, supervisors and engineers. Penn State students received first-hand experience with real, live power plant systems and equipment. This collaboration, facilitated by Dr. Talmage, has been a valuable experience for both the students and the power plant employees.
Dr. Talmage is not only one of Penn State’s finest professors; she is a great friend to all of us here in Steam Services. Thank you, Dr. Talmage! We move forward with many fond memories of you and your classes.
Happy Retirement, Gita! Please come back and visit us!
The last ME 402 Power Plants class with Bob Hutchison, Steam Distribution Meter Technician
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
What is Combined Heat and Power (CHP)?
With conventional power generation, approximately 25-35% of the fuel consumed is converted into useful energy, the majority of the fuel is exhausted into the air or water as waste heat.
When heat and power are produced separately, about 50% of the fuel consumed is converted into useful energy, and the remaining 50% becomes waste heat.
In contrast, CHP recylces waste heat and converts it to useful thermal energy. The simultaneous production of power and thermal energy consumes far fewer units of fuel than if the two products are produced separately, and typically achieves 85% efficiency.
Increased energy efficiency translates into cost savings due to the reduction in fuel consumed, as well as material greenhouse gas emission reductions.