Combined Heating, Cooling, and Power Project
Montclair State University and UMM Energy Partners, LLC have formed a major public-private partnership to develop a new combined heating, cooling, and power (CHCP) system for the campus.
The new state-of-the-art facility and its related improvements has replaced the campus’ former energy plant which began generating steam in the 1940s and providing electricity as a co-generation plant in 1993. The project’s development resulted in more cost-effective, efficient, and reliable delivery of heating, cooling, and electrical services to campus buildings.
The plant provides natural gas-fired electric generation, chilled water for cooling, and steam for heat. The steam, condensate, and chilled water flow to and from campus buildings through the new energy distribution system. Additionally, the majority of the campus’ electricity requirements are satisfied by the onsite plant, which is designed to operate continuously, producing electric power of approximately 5.4 megawatts. The plant is located on Yogi Berra Drive, adjacent to the campus’ CarParc Diem parking garage.
Construction for the CHCP project was expected to take approximately 18 months. In addition to the new plant, the distribution piping that connects the campus buildings to the plant was installed. This required sections of roadways to be blocked off to all traffic while they were being excavated and having the new piping installed. In order to minimize the impact on the campus community, the work was done in sections spaced out over the course of the project.
The Project Map shows the overall plan with each section and its scheduled construction dates marked. All entrances and exits to buildings near the site are also marked.