Technical Tours

Technical Tours

Technical Tours will visit local district energy facilities on Friday, February 23. All Technical Tours include a Breakfast & Technical Tour Orientation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square  (7:30-9:00am) where you can enjoy breakfast while tour hosts share brief overview presentations of the systems you will visit on the tour. Tours will begin at 9:00 am. Return times vary by tour.

Technical Tour Overview

Friday, February 23, 2024
Breakfast and Pre-Tour Briefing: 7:30 am-9:00 am
Pre-registration is required for tours and space is limited.
Cost: $125 per person for Tour A to Stanford University & Google's Sunnyvale Campus; $75 per person for Tours B and C to Cordia San Francisco. 
Participants will have the opportunity to visit either Stanford University and Google's Sunnyvale Campus (Tour A) or Cordia San Francisco (Tours B and C). Tours are subject to change.

Tour A - Stanford University & Google's Sunnyvale Campus (9:10 am - 5:00 pm) SOLD OUT

Tour participants will visit Stanford University's Central Energy Facility and other buildings on campus then continue to Google's Sunnyvale Campus. Lunch will be served at Stanford. The bus will drop participants at SFO Airport at about 4:00 pm and then will return to the hotel around 5:00pm.

Tour B - Cordia San Francisco (9:00 am - 11:25 am) SOLD OUT

Tour C - Cordia San Francisco (10:00 am - 11:50 am)

Participants will visit Cordia San Francisco which supplies energy-efficient and environmentally sound district heating services to buildings in a 2-square-mile area of the central business district of San Francisco, California. This tour will explain the water treatment system at the Cordia plant and will also include a visit of the connection at the Hilton (a Cordia customer). This tour does NOT drop participants at the airport.

Stanford University & Google’s Sunnyvale Campus

The tour will kick off at Stanford University’s Central Energy Facility (CEF), the beating heart of Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (more widely known as SESI). This must-see facility and its accompanying program elements will demonstrate scalable ideas on recovering resources with available technology that enabled Stanford to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68% while saving the University $420 million over the 35-year design life of the facility.
Following the CEF, the tour will journey along to one of Stanford’s most energy efficient buildings, the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (also known as Y2E2) where the replicable components of SESI, like heat recovery, are on display. Located in the beautiful and modern Science and Engineering Quad, Y2E2 also showcases how SESI creates a foundation for a green energy portfolio with its rooftop solar arrays, contributing to a 100% renewable electricity campus, to windows that open and close based on external temperatures to efficiently moderate building temperatures (aptly nicknamed the “lungs of the building”). The Y2E2 portion of the tour will close out the energy expedition and offer a glimpse into tangible energy-saving solutions applied to Stanford’s campus.
Lunch will be served at Stanford. Then the bus will transport the group to Sunnyvale's Moffett Park.
Google is progressing master plans to transform low-density office parks into vibrant mixed-used communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating an opportunity to rethink infrastructure for energy, water, and waste systems.  After five years of development, Google is bringing its first District Thermal Energy Facility online in Sunnyvale's Moffett Park.  This all-electric facility will initially serve Google offices with the ability to expand support to more and different types of buildings as the 350-acre district is built out.  This event will start with a presentation overview of Google's evolution to designing and delivering this facility and a discussion on how the company's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal drove the approach to systems engineering and is informing facility operations.  Following the discussion will be a guided tour of the heating, cooling, PV, and pump systems across the facility.

Cordia San Francisco

Cordia San Francisco supplies energy-efficient and environmentally sound district heating services to buildings in a 2-square-mile area of the central business district of San Francisco, California.
Cordia San Francisco’s two downtown plants produce steam and pipe it to approximately 180 customers for space heating, domestic hot water, air conditioning, and industrial process use. The system serves a total of more than 37 million square feet of space in the city’s commercial core through 12 miles of direct buried piping. Located at 460 Jessie St. and 1 Meacham Pl., both plants use boilers fueled by natural gas as their primary fuel with #2 diesel as a backup fuel. The system’s CHP equipment generates 500 kW of electricity, essentially making the plant energy self-sufficient.