Radix working with University of Massachusetts for real-time power generation management

Radix’s project with the university aims to decrease costs and facilitate management by providing real-time information

Umass chp project

Radix has closed an important project with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to create an energy command center for the on-campus central heating plant. The UMass CHP provides up to 70% of the campus power requirements and all the steam for heating. Its combined cycle configuration uses gas and steam turbines to ensure the plant operates at optimum efficiency.

The project includes working with university and Radix staff and interns from the University of Massachusetts. The team will install and commission a real-time system and elaborate dashboards to help plant engineers and supervisors interpret the best plant configuration for given prices of natural gas, steam, and electricity.

The goal is to help the Central Heating Plant more effectively generate power for the campus by giving the plant staff the ability to monitor power generation and key performance indicators, such as plant energy balance and efficiency analysis. All information will be given in real time. The project aims to decrease costs and facilitate a more environmentally friendly operation.

“We are excited to start a new partnership with the University of Massachusetts and the interns. This is a great opportunity for our UMass interns to learn about operational intelligence and how system such as OSIsoft PI can benefit the plant supervisor, engineers, students, and the university community in general”, said Process Engineer, Travis Comer.