Work on Notre Dame Thermal Energy Facility Begins

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy University of Notre Dame) (photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)
SOUTH BEND -

Construction is underway on a thermal energy production and storage facility on the University of Notre Dame campus. The university says the East Plant, which will house the mechanical equipment for its new geothermal well fields, is expected to come online in 2019.

The 30,000-square-foot facility will include two 2,000-ton electric-driven chillers and a thermal energy storage tank that will be able to store two million gallons of chilled water. It will also house five geothermal heat recovery chillers that will provide both heating and cooling. 

Notre Dame says the chilled water produced at the plan will be a source for the distribution system on campus, while the hot water will be piped into nearby buildings for a more efficient approach to heating. 

"This new facility supports campus energy growth using efficient and renewable energy strategies," said Paul Kempf, senior director of utilities and maintenance. "The East Plant will be the conduit for our largest geothermal project by utilizing efficient electricity produced at the existing power plant and providing chilled water for cooling and hot water for heating."

Notre Dame has three geothermal well fields on campus. The first went online last summer, while the other two are expected to go online in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The well fields were spotlighted in an issue of our INPower e-newsletter last year. 

The entire project is part of the university's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy, which aims to reduce the campus' carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2030.

  • Perspectives

    • Is Your Enterprise Ready For Digital Transformation?

      We are living in a historic era with accelerating market and technology disruptions that impact our lives and rapidly change how we do business. Cloud computing, advanced analytics, and digital technologies have the potential to transform how every company interacts with its customer. So, how do businesses keep up and (better yet) stay ahead? Enter the digital CIO. A new breed of CIO is emerging to lead companies through technology changes happening at record pace.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Mount Vernon Mayor to Resign

      The mayor of Mount Vernon is resigning, about five months after being elected to a third term. The Evansville Courier & Press reports John Tucker will step down March 1 due to health concerns. 
    • Big Military Diesel Engine Contract Goes to Cummins

      Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has secured a more than quarter-billion dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract. The deal involves new and remanufactured engines for the U.S. Army. The DOD says locations of where the work will be performed will be determined with each order. The contract is for procurement of new commercial, remanufactured and remanufactured conversion V903 Cummins series 600 and 675 horsepower diesel engines. Cummins bills itself as...

    • Unified Group Services Makes Promotions

      Unified Group Services has promoted Forrest Williamson (pictured) to vice president of sales. He served as sales executive for the past six years. Ryan Chapman has expanded his role to vice president of business development. Also, Aaron Fischer has been appointed vice president of sales in the southeast part of the United States, and Tyler Vanderpool will act as regional sales executive covering the midwest.