The Pioneer Valley Engineer
I recently traveled to Iowa State University for work. While I was there the class toured the college’s power plant. This facility has been generating electricity that dated back to some of the first electric lights that came from Thomas Edison. A physics professor at ISU received electric lamps from Edison to use for demonstrations in his lab. The original power station generated electricity with a Corliss steam engine. It transitioned to coal boilers with steam turbine generators. Today the facility consists of (2) – 1988 fluidized bed coal boilers rated at 170,000 pph, (3) 2016 Cleaver Brooks natural gas water tube boilers rated at 150,000 pph, (4) steam turbine generators capable of generating 46 MW of electricity, and (6) chillers that produce 26,000 tons of cooling. For more on the power plant visit: https://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2017/03/23/energy One thing of note is the operators were not only friendly and informative, but experience professionals as they had 5 coffee makers in the control room! They definitely know what it takes to be successful in our trade!
At the May meeting the following topics were covered:
Finally, at our June meeting we will be looking for those seeking to hold a position in the Chapter as an officer and discuss upcoming visits to local facilities. We have not gone on the road in a while and a road trip is in order.
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