Education: Schools, Universities, Colleges, and Campuses
Our generators for educational facilities offer world-class fuel efficiency and low life-cycle costs. Caterpillar provides generators for schools to meet your demands and to help you cut costs with cogeneration technology. We’re here to keep power production efficient so you can focus on your institution.
Many schools, colleges, and universities reduce their operating costs by implementing combined heat and power (CHP) systems (also known as cogeneration). Cat gas generator sets can provide power for electrical loads and heat energy for a facility’s thermal requirements. Benefits from CHP projects include:
Energy efficiency up to 90 percent
Reduced emissions and energy costs versus separate heat and electrical generation systems
Leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification via energy efficiency credits
Financial benefits via distributed generation (DG), where electricity is simply produced locally or via a natural gas fueled emergency standby power plant.
Especially when any of the following apply:
The local electric grid is unreliable
Natural gas is an inexpensive alternative to grid electricity
Generator sets can be applied during peak times of day to avoid high electrical utility demand charges. This is known as peak shaving.
CHP POWER SYSTEMS
Caterpillar provides customized CHP system packages, including the required mechanical equipment and controls to capture and transfer the engine thermal energy to your facility. Caterpillar also offers:
Natural gas fuel pressure regulation and safeties
Exhaust emissions aftertreatment for highly regulated emission environments
Utility grade paralleling switchgear to run multiple generator sets together or to export energy to the local electric grid
The total energy cost savings of such CHP systems can more than offset the total owning and operating costs, delivering a payback.
NATURAL GAS STANDBY POWER SYSTEMS
There has been an increasing move toward natural gas fueled standby power systems in recent years. Typically installed with an automatic transfer switch (ATS) or paralleling switchgear control for multiple generators, these generator sets sense when a utility outage occurs and automatically starts the backup power generator system transferring power to the emergency source. When the normal grid power returns, the control system automatically switches back and shuts down the emergency generator.
Cat Electric Power SpecSizer
Selecting the correct generator set for your facility has never been easier.
Taking account of your unique installation requirements, our intuitive interface allows you to easily build your load profile and select the optimum generator set. Features include:
Drag and drop loads to quickly model your facility
Easily organize and sort project files with improved interface
Load optimization algorithms to calculate the best fit-for-purpose generator set
A full sizing report, generator set technical data, and drawings
Easy file sharing to facilitate collaboration with Caterpillar experts