Real-Time Utility Consumption

Utility Equipment: Boilers

Iowa State has four boilers in the power plant that are used to produce steam, two of the boilers burn coal and two of the boilers burn natural gas. All boilers produce steam at 400 pounds pressure and 750 degrees F. Typically three of the boilers are operating all the time and the fourth boiler is added as needed due to campus energy demands. The boilers are operated in a manner to maximize efficiency and minimize emissions. The power plant staff makes a choice of burning coal or natural gas to minimize energy costs for the campus.