Monday, August 23, 2004

Disappearing Smokestack!

The River Campus's power plant is being converted to cogeneration, a cutting-edge process which will produce electricity and steam simultaneously. Electricity and steam will be used to heat and cool River Campus and Medical Center buildings using no more fuel than if only steam was produced. Cogeneration at UR, by reducing reliance on the local electric utility, will lower the quantity of air emissions attributable to University power needs. Professor Morris A. Pierce of the History Dept. has installed a webcam for viewing the ongoing plant conversion, and when I visited the site today the smokestack was half gone!

http://www.cogen.rochester.edu/