Case Study: Honeywell and Eastern Illinois University
Higher Education is Taking Energy Efficiency and Sustainability to New Heights
Eastern Illinois University is reducing its environmental impact and mitigating utility costs by pairing traditional conservation measures with one of the largest university biomass installations.
Eastern Illinois University is a public university in Charleston, Ill. It is comprised of approximately 13,000 students and staff on a 320-acre campus.
The Problem ››
Honeywell Solutions ››
Key Technologies ››
The biomass gasifiers use wood chips sourced from the logging industry to produce biogas that burns similar to natural gas and is used to fire boilers, giving the university a carbon-neitral solution for heating all its facilities.
Along with gasifiers, the Renewable Energy Center features a solar array and a turbine that uses high-pressure steam to produce electricity.
Additional conservation measures on campus included retrocommissioning all mechanical systems, replacing windows, upgrading lighting fixtures, updating chilled water systems and sealing buildings.
Guaranteed Impact ››
The university will see significant benefits from the improvements:
An estimated 6.2-million kilowatt-hour reduction in annual electricity use — enough energy to power more than 580 homes.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Nearly 20,000 metric tons in fewer carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to removing 3,600 cars from the road.
ENERGY AND OPERATING COSTS
Approximately $140 million in energy and operating cost savings over the next two decades.