LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Size: 20 MW
- Services: Mechanical Construction, Commissioning
- Completion Date: 2005
- Delivery Method: Design-Build
The LSU Co-Generation plant serves more than 350 buildings and provides about 65% of the campus’s annual electricity needs. The plant has a capacity of 20 MW of electrical generation, 21,500 tons of cooling and 250,000 pounds per hour of 150-pound steam. The project eliminated two inefficient, high-emissions boilers and numerous other pieces of outdated equipment on the campus. They were replaced with more efficient technologies, including a larger gas turbine generator with black start capability, a heat recovery steam generator, 6,195 tons of steam turbine driven chillers, a cooling tower and a 13.8 kV distribution system that tied together the majority of the campus. Research instrumentation, switchgears, air compressors and water treatment equipment were also updated. The Co-Generation plant is nearly 20% more efficient than standard utility generation, which saves significant costs to LSU each year.
One of the most important elements of the plant for LSU was black start capability of the turbine. LSU’s main campus is home to a significant number of research facilities, including a Tier 1 research institute. The ability to provide auxiliary power to these spaces is a significant advantage of the cogeneration plant. Perhaps the greatest benefit to the communities on campus and to the city of Baton Rouge, as well as everyone in the Southeast region of Louisiana, is the ability for LSU to maintain power during natural disasters.