University of Dayton Adopts Waste-Heat-To-Power Project - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  April 29, 2024

University of Dayton Adopts Waste-Heat-To-Power Project

The University of Dayton adopted a waste-heat-to-power project that will lower the university’s carbon footprint by over 70%.

The university signed a long-term agreement with Tallgrass and AES Ohio for the project.

The new waste-heat-to-power facility will capture the heat produced by an existing process and generate decarbonized power, which will be sold to AES Ohio for the benefit of the University of Dayton.

Both Tallgrass and Kanin Energy collaborated to develop the project over the past three years. This will offset 100% of the university’s electricity needs, closely matching the University of Dayton’s energy consumption. 

"In our Marianist tradition of being good stewards of our resources, we identified and pursued this sustainability solution that reduces environmental impacts while supporting an equitable and prosperous University of Dayton, now and into the future," said Rick Krysiak, vice president for facilities management and planning, in a statement. "We believe this solution will help us achieve our energy goals." 

The waste-heat-to-power project will be located in Fayette County, Ohio. Construction is expected to begin later this year and an in-service date is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2025. 

Tallgrass will construct, own and operate the waste-heat-to-power facility and connect it to an existing compressor station on the Rockies Express Pipeline, which is 75% owned by Tallgrass and 25% owned by Phillips 66.

Under the agreement, AES Ohio will purchase power from the project to meet the needs of the University of Dayton. The energy purchased is solely for the University of Dayton; no additional costs or charges will be assessed to other customers. The benefits derived from this project will be shared with the broader community and customers. As a local distribution interconnection, the generator will pay for AES Ohio’s distribution service. 

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