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Chiller plant to receive $500,000 upgrade

Two new chillers on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus are expected to reduce energy consumption and save the College more than $100,000 per year.

Seminole State College of Florida has received a $500,000 grant from the Florida Energy and Climate Commission to replace two aging chillers on its Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The chillers, used to supply chill water for the HVAC system on the 798,000-square-foot campus, will be replaced with energy-efficient models that could save the College more than $100,000 per year.

"The serviceable life of a chiller is usually 20-25 years," explains Larry Simmons, associate director of the College's physical plant. "These chillers are 23 and 24 years old and only operate at 87 percent capacity. This grant provides a tangible way for the College to save money and energy."

The new chillers will operate at approximately .525 kilowatts per ton, compared with .72 kilowatts per ton for the old chillers. Each is expected to reduce energy consumption by nearly 120,000 megawatt hours per year and decrease carbon emissions by more than 143,000 metric tons. Total savings are estimated at $55,000 per chiller per year.

The plan, Simmons says, is to "put the savings back into the chiller system to pay for future repairs and replacements."

SGM Engineering Inc. has been selected to design the new chillers. The entire project, including delivery and installation, must be completed by April 30, 2012, per grant stipulations.

The original chillers were installed in 1987 and 1988 and retrofitted in 1993 to meet EPA regulations.

The Sanford/Lake Mary Campus has two chilled water plants containing seven chiller devices. The older plant, located in building V, was built in 1968. The newer plant, located in building H, was constructed in 2006.

 

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