Commercial, Hydro - September 15, 2022
University of Notre Dame Launches Hydroelectric Facility
The University of Notre Dame is now operating a new hydroelectric facility as part of its sustainability strategy to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
The hydroelectric facility, operational since May, generates 2.5 MW and operates at 70% based on the levels of the St. Joseph River, according to an article by Notre Dame News.
The new facility will generate an estimated 7% of the electricity for the campus and offset 9,700 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Developed in close collaboration with the city of South Bend and other community partners, this facility, powered by the St. Joseph River is yet another example of Notre Dame’s ongoing commitment to sustainability — specifically, the cultivation of new and innovative sources of clean, renewable energy,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. in the article. “As the latest in a growing portfolio of green energy projects for Notre Dame, it will help us to achieve the ultimate goal of a carbon neutral campus by 2050.”
The turbine’s technology was manufactured by Voith, a global provider of hydro solutions based in Germany.
Notre Dame’s campus is also receiving power from the new St. Joseph Solar Farm, a joint investment with Indiana Michigan Power, and is lowering the use of natural gas across the campus.