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Steam Services

Superintendent, Steam Services: Paul E. Moser,

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

East Campus Combined Heat and Power Plant
400 Porter Road
State College, PA 16801

Office Hours:
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Plant Supervisor: Eugene Kurtz,

Maintenance Supervisor: Timothy Thomas,

Distribution Supervisor: David Parmelee,


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Behind the Scenes of PSU

The Coal Conundrum

Penn State reaches milestone in conversion to cleaner energy

Look for Steam Plume

The Big Switch - Penn State's conversion from coal to natural Gas

Take a Look at Us Now...Gas Conversion Photos

Stidworthy, A.G.; Davis, K.J. (advisor) (2015). Radon Emissions from Natural Gas Power Plants at the Pennsylvania State University (Masters Thesis). Posted with permission.

Power Plant Gas Conversion Half Way Through

Power Plant coal shipments to end this month


July 2016

New Boiler #1 tubes                                                                                      Low Pressure Steam line ditch            Temporary low pressure steam vent


April 2016

Now defunct coal car track                                                                                        Basement under Boiler #1


Turbine floor


March 2016


Last delivery of coal - March 18. 2016 - the end of an era


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Boiler #1 .... gone                                                                                              Basement... preparation underway for new gas boiler


February 2016

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Boiler #1 dismantle underway                                                                              New beams installed


Work in basement continues



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Basement preparations begin to support new turbines                                                                                                            Old transformer on its way out!



January 2016


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Final cable change for coal car.....                                                                            Next coal boiler removal underway.....


Coal trucks line up to dump...coming to an end soon.


December 2015


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Getting prepared to demo boiler #1                                                                                  Final steam testing before gas start up



November 2015

Venting steam....

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Stack for steam .... ready for testing!                                                                          New Boiler #2



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Housing for new transformers                                                                           Temporary stack for new boiler testing


October 2015

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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.           


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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!


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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.


  • Carla Ruscio, - Administrative Support Assistant III
  • Joseph Sorah, - Administrative Support Assistant II