The University of Cincinnati, founded in the early 1800s, is a public research university serving over 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students on a 200-plus-acre campus. It also operates two central utility plants that serve the campus plus multiple local hospitals.
Like many universities across America, the University of Cincinnati, or UC, faced a major infrastructure challenge: having to operate aging central utility plants with older technology, reduced efficiencies and capacities, with chilled water equipment at the end of its service life. UC’s overall strategy was to develop a multi-year utility plant modernization program, with goals including increased efficiency, reduced peak electric demand, and more operational flexibility, including the ability to operate chillers at low loads.
To replace their aging 5,200-ton unit, the university ordered the first two of three Advanced Technology 2,400-ton Magnetic Bearing V Class Chillers from Smardt Chiller Group, maker of oil-free, magnetic-bearing centrifugal chillers.Along with reduced energy costs, the new chillers reduced the University’s CO2 output by 1,991 tons per year.