Abstract or Description
The goal of this research was to calculate the energy load of buildings in Waterville and to determine the feasibility of building a 5 Megawatt power plant at one of two sites. This would meet the heating requirements of the city through the piping of excess heat to the buildings. We determined the heating load by multiplying square footage with an estimate of energy load per square foot per year and the paths of the pipes were based on preexisting sewer pipes. Our preliminary analysis found that hypothetical power plant site 1 is more efficient in terms of piping distance to 433 commercial and residential zones than site 2.
Recommended CitationSmithy, Peter and Teachey, Noah "Renewable Energy in Waterville: An Analysis of Energy Load and Possible Biomass Facilities," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2011: No. 2, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2011/iss2/3