Central Heating & Cooling Plant with Thermal Energy Storage
OWNER: California State University, Fullerton
Full engineering design services
The design-build project consisted of the research and development of a unique plan to overhaul and expand the campus’ central plant, distribution, and building HVAC systems. Computerized building energy simulation modeling was used to evaluate several alternatives. In the end, our extensive life cycle costing feasibility analysis pointed us toward recommending a new breed of central plant: a zero-emissions, all-electric, energy efficient, central plant employing innovative technologies of chilled water thermal energy storage (TES), heating hot water TES, heat recovery chillers, variable flow pumping, and advanced DDC controls.
This new breed of central plant was so unique that Owen obtained technology advancement grants from South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Southern California Edison (SCE).