Steam Services

Penn State's District Energy System

Steam Services LogoPenn State operates a typical District Energy System.  District Energy is a system for distributing heat generated at a centralized location.  Heat is often produced as steam in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants.  At Penn State both East and West Campus CHP plants cogenerate steam and electricity serving more than 200 buildings on University Park Campus.  Annually, Penn State’s District Energy System produces 100% of campus steam needs and about 20% of campus electrical needs.  At an average efficiency of about 70%, Penn State’s District Energy system is more than twice as efficient as a typical utility power station.  District Energy systems like Penn State’s consume half the resources and produce half the pollution of a typical utility power station.

West Campus

Picture of West Campus Steam Plant from College Avenue

Four 1960s vintage boilers and one 1947 vintage boiler produce superheated, high pressure (240 psig) steam for turbines that operate pumps, fans and electric generators.  Low pressure (13 psig) turbine exhaust steam is delivered to campus for heat and process.  Pressure reducing stations reduce high pressure steam to medium pressure (150 psig) for delivery to buildings further away from WCSP.

  • Steam Capacity: 350,000 pounds per hour
  • Electric Capacity: 6 mW
  • Plant Efficiency: 50% - 70%

East Campus

East Campus Steam Plant photo

Two 1970’s vintage boilers produce saturated, high pressure (220 psig) steam.  Pressure reducing stations reduce high pressure steam to medium pressure (150 psig) for delivery to buildings further away from ECSP.  One Combustion Turbine connected to a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (CT/HRSG) installed in 2010 produces 7 mW of electricity and 30,000 lb/hr of steam.  A ductburner increases the HRSG capacity to 117,000 lb/hr.

  • Steam Capacity: 350,000 pounds per hour
  • Electric Capacity: 7 mW
  • Plant Efficiency: 80%

The Penn State Combined Heat and Power Plant employs 41 technical service employees, four supervisors and two administrative assistants.

Staff

Superintendent, Steam Services: Paul Moser

Administrative Support Assistants: Carla Ruscio

  • Operations
    • Supervisor: Gene Kurtz
      • 6 Lead Operators
      • 6 Operator Mechanics
      • 6 Boiler Operators
      • 6 Laborers
  • Maintenance
    • Supervisor: Tim Thomas
      • 1 Lead Mechanic – Al Haagen
      • 2 Mechanics
      • 3 Meter Technicians
      • 1 Electrician
  • Distribution

Steam Services Organizational Chart (pdf)

Contact Steam Services

Mailing Address:

Office of Physical Plant
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Physical Address:
West Campus Combined Heat and Power Plant
200 N. Burrowes St.
State College, PA 16801

East Campus Combined Heat and Power Plant
400 Porter Road
State College, PA 16801

Phone: 814-865-6515
Fax: 814-865-2282

Visiting the Steam Plant? View the Safety Orientation prior to arrival.

ADl Incinerator
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West Campus Steam Plant

CHP

Learn more about combined heat and power
Steam Drum Arrival
Learn more about projects taking place at the Steam plants
Historic Photo of Power Plant
Combined Heat and Power Through the Years
News & Media
News and media featuring Steam Services

People In Unit

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Power Plant Worker
Superintendent, Steam Services
(814) 863-3178
Lead Power Plant Operations & Maintenance
Utilities Maintenance Mechanic
Instrument & Meter Technician
David Parmelee
Facilities Supervisor, Steam Distribution
(814) 865-5434
Utilities Maintenance Mechanic
Lead Power Plant Operations & Maintenance
(814) 863-3178
Electrician, Utilities
Maintenance Worker, Steam Services

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