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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.

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Peter is an environmental studies major with a science concentration.

Noah is a double major in music and environmental studies with a policy concentration.

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