SUNY fires up biomass CHP system

By Staff | October 25, 2013

The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry celebrated the grand opening of a new combined heat-and-power system in September at its Gateway Center. The system fires biomass pellets and natural gas, providing the campus with 65 percent of its heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical power.

According to ESF President Cornelius Murphy Jr., when operating at full power, the system reduces campus-wide fossil fuel usage by 9,000 barrels of oil per year, and lowers campus utility costs by 20 percent.

The Gateway Center is the centerpiece of the college’s Climate Action Plan, which states ESF’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2015. The CHP system will serve as a teaching tool, benefitting students enrolled in ESF’s new sustainable energy management major and renewable energy minor.