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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
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: John F. Molnar,


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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.



October 2015

New Stack                                                                                                        New Boiler Control Panel                                              Insulating new FD fan



August 2015

New stack rolls into Happy Valley!

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


June 2015

Boiler tubes almost finished                                                                  Crane work continues...

Turbine room looking into basement                                                                Arrival of 5 KV switchgear




May 2015

Turbine room looking into basement


Old generator on it's way out!




Steam drum being placed                                                                                                Tubes being placed in steam drum


April 2015

Turbine dismantle begins....



Steam drum for new gas boiler rolling in...


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.


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