Combined Heat & Power
The MU Power Plant provides all the thermal energy and most of the electric energy for the campus. The plant utilizes a process called Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to maximize the efficiency of energy production. Every building relies on steam and electricity for lighting, heating, and cooling. Thermal energy (steam) and electricity for the campus are produced simultaneously at the plant resulting in an overall efficiency of nearly twice that of a conventional power plant. Essentially, electricity is produced as a byproduct of the thermal (steam) energy used on campus.
Emissions from the plant are significantly reduced by employing CHP. The higher efficiencies realized with CHP reduce the consumption of fuels in the plant and reduce emissions including greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide. The reduced consumption of fuels with the use of CHP results in significant annual fuel savings for MU. The environmental improvement and economic savings are the direct benefits, which support MU's commitment to the CHP process.
MU utilizes its CHP facility to assist in the education of many students attending the university. Students annually tour the power plant, where they learn the benefits and application of CHP. Our plant professionals also give guest lectures and support various energy related research activities at MU .