Bowdoin's Big 'Green' Boiler Arrives on Campus

Story posted July 30, 2010

The major piece of the College's boiler replacement and cogeneration project has arrived — all 71,200 pounds of it.

The new high-efficiency, low emissions, dual-fuel (natural gas and #2 oil) boiler pulled into campus atop a tractor-trailer after a 1,400-mile journey from West Point, Miss.

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The boiler arriving on campus.

Installation is ongoing with a six-person mechanical crew, two electricians and two general contractors.

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The project was made possible with the help of a $400,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant obtained through the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Installation of the boiler is only the first phase of this project.

The second part involves installation of the electrical generation systems during summer 2011.

The College obtained state funding for the project, which, with the installation of a back-pressure steam turbine, will produce an estimated 1.65 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

This combined heat and power project will use excess steam energy to generate electricity for campus consumption, offsetting electricity currently purchased from the grid.

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A large crane lowers the massive boiler into the heating plant.

The project is one of many important steps the College is taking toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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