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Central Steam Plant

Our cogeneration central steam plant is a mixed fuel, moderately high pressure steam generating facility. The plant contains five boilers with superheaters, rated at 80,000 to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour, which produce steam at 600 psig and 825 degrees Fahrenheit. This high pressure, superheated steam output is matched to a 6,250 kilowatt, 12,470 volt steam turbine powered generator, which was brought on line in 1975. Learn more about the steam plant's history.

Steam Turbine

The turbine exhausts steam at 10 psig directly into a steam header serving an underground steam tunnel distribution network. This tunnel network serves over five million square feet of campus buildings with heat through six miles of steam and condensate lines. The turbine also provides steam extraction at 90 psig, which is distributed through the same underground network, to be used as process steam for cooking, sterilization, autoclaving, pressing, and other industrial requirements.

Plant Operation

Total plant capacity is 440,000 pounds per hour with peak winter demand in excess of 250,000 pounds per hour, while minimum summer loads can be less than 40,000 pounds per hour.

Community Involvement

Few universities serve the electrical needs of their surrounding communities; none to the extent of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Electric Service. And, no other University supplies part of the community requirements from a University owned cogeneration plant.

Initiatives

 

Location and Contact Info

John Beach
Director, Utilities & Strategic Initiatives
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-9906
Email: jbeach@vt.edu

Byron Nichols
Associate Director for the Power Plant
Power Plant
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-2073
Email: bnichols@vt.edu


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