You are standing near the future home of Rider’s trigeneration energy plant. The system, expected to be up and running in 2014, will use natural gas to generate electricity as well as steam and chilled water. You may be more familiar with the idea of cogeneration, or “cogen”. These plants use natural gas to generate electricity and steam. Our plant will save the university money, since it will reduce the amount of electricity we must purchase from the grid and use energy that is usually wasted to heat and chill water for use in the academic buildings across campus. The greenhouse gas emissions from the plant will be below that generated on our behalf off campus per unit of energy and will result in significantly reduced sulfur emissions. The plant will provide object lessons in energy and sustainability for students in Physics, Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies.
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