Cogeneration Plant

Cogeneration Defined Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat, both of which are used for beneficial purposes. A cogeneration plant is a single source for electricity and thermal energy, located close to the point of use.

The Steam/Cogeneration Plant

In 2007, Amherst College decided to fill an empty boiler bay in the campus steam plant with a cogeneration system. Fed by a 1250-kW jet engine, the cogeneration system significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the college while greatly increasing the efficiency of the system's energy conservation. Campus Utilities Engineer and Capital Project Manager Aaron Hayden explains the cogeneration process and offers a peek into the roaring heart of the college's conservation efforts.