Biomass Plant Construction

A better source of heat

Our new biomass plant is online – come and see how it works! To celebrate, we are offering limited guided tours to the public and NU community on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, from 4-5 p.m. This is a fantastic new facility that ushers in a new era of energy efficiency and fiscal smarts at Norwich. The plant:

  • replaces the burning of more than 650,000 gallons of fuel oil with 13,000 tons of wood chips from within a 100-mile radius each year
  • will save approximately $1 million in annual fuel costs
  • reduces total central plant soot emissions by half, and sulfur dioxide and metal emissions by approximately 97 percent
  • will blend in aesthetically with Kreitzberg Arena, Doyle Hall and the existing Central Power Plant

To find the plant, follow University Drive from the south end of campus. Follow signs to Kreitzberg Arena for easy parking, and climb the outdoor steps to the plant. People unable to climb the steps should continue along University Drive.

We also invite you to join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. This event is held in conjunction with a visit from Norwich’s Board of Trustees.

View a timelapse video!

Ready for winter

With major equipment hookups and testing ready to begin, the new wood-chip plant is expected to be at full operation by the middle of October, according to Norwich Chief Administrative Officer Dave Magida.

This $6 million project, which will utilize two wood-burning boilers to heat the campus, will bring a dramatically more efficient and sustainable use of resources to the campus’ physical plant, as well as substantial cost savings. The project is on budget and on schedule.

The plant will burn about 13,000 tons of locally harvested wood chips each year. Students can expect to see one change: Traffic along University Drive will now flow in a northerly direction to make fuel deliveries easier.

Biomass plant construction begins

Two woodchip boilers are under construction, and expected to save the school money on heating costs while significantly reducing harmful exhaust emissions.

The boilers, which will be incorporated into Norwich’s central heating plant in the middle of campus, are expected to burn about 13,000 tons of local wood chips each year, replacing the consumption of approximately 657,000 gallons of fuel oil. Filtering of emissions will removed more than 90 percent of particulates from boiler exhaust while reducing soot, sulfur dioxide and metal emissions.

Planners believe the $6 million project will pay for itself in six years.

Contact Erin Liston at 802-485-2923 or eliston@norwich.edu with concerns or questions about the project.



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