University of Minnesota to build $95.9m cogeneration plant

The University of Minnesota in the US has voted to approve designs for a combined heat and power plant.

The University’s Board of Regents announced approval on the 8th of February and expects the $95.9m project to be finished by 2016.
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The generator to be used will incorporate two combustion turbines with heat recovery systems that will provide heat and electricity to the University in a more sustainable and cost-effective manner, said Mike Berthelsen, associate vice president for University Facilities Management.

The project tallies with Minnesota University’s stated aim to achieve a carbon neutral footprint by 2050.

"It’s much more efficient and sustainable to have a really large plant that can feed a whole district,” Berthelsen said.

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