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CHP system supplies power, heat and savings to Ohio high school

5/20/2014 | Words: Bryan Mangum | Pictures: MTU

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Located twenty miles west of Akron, Ohio, Medina City School District recently searched for an environmentally friendly way to power and heat its only high school and reduce utility costs. After examining several options, the district selected a combined heat and power (CHP) system from MTU Onsite Energy. Fueled by natural gas, the company’s Series 400 CHP system will simultaneously produce electricity and heat from a single energy source by capturing normally wasted heat. The CHP unit will offset more than one million kWh of purchased electricity per year, saving an estimated $82,944 annually in electrical costs. The system also recovers heat from its exhaust and jacket water system. The heat recovered will be 747,000 Btu per hour, which will be used to offset the heating costs associated with the Medina High School facility, ultimately helping to double its overall energy and efficiency.

“Wind and solar power seem like obvious choices when looking for renewable energy solutions, but when we dug deeper we found that combined heat and power systems have been a proven technology for more than 100 years,” said John Burkhart, director of business affairs, Medina City School District. “Environmental responsibility is important to us and to our students, and implementing this energy-saving solution reaffirms that commitment.”

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