In the campus style environment the benefits of centralizing utilities are well known. The benefits include operational efficiency, economy of scale, better campus aesthetics, and increased reliability. What about Emergency power? Can larger generating plants and associated distribution in lieu of multiple distributed Gensets benefit a campus in similar ways? Few systems are regulated as thoroughly as emergency power. Duke University began phasing in a centralized emergency power system in 2012. Utilizing this Durham NC campus example, the challenges and early results of centralizing emergency power will be discussed including Code Compliance, Technical Issues, Reliability, and Relative Costs.
Mark Demana, RMF Engineering
Aurel Selezeanu, Duke University
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