UAB’s New District Energy System
Did you know that UAB owns and operates one of the largest chilled water district systems in the world with a capacity of over 38,000 tons? Now UAB will create another district energy system, and this time it will be a steam plant and distribution system. The project will construct a new steam production facility on 6th Avenue across from Bartow Arena, replace the existing steam distribution system, and construct a new condensate return system to provide industrial steam service to campus, research, and medical center facilities when Alabama Power Company stops producing and selling steam in 2013. An important component of the project includes development of a return condensate piping system with significant water reduction and energy use efficiency gains. The district system will allow continued operation of UAB’s steam system with significant energy efficiency gains, air emissions reductions and operational reliability improvements.